As fierce fighting between Government forces and communist troops continues in the Khmer Republic, many people have been making daily crossings into the border towns of Thailand to purchase essential food supplies.
GV & SV Khmer shoppers crossing bridge into Thailand
SV Shoppers making purchases at stalls, with oil tankers in B/G.
SV SV Egg stall (3 shots)
GV Troops patrol border road
SV Khmer shoppers buying greenstuff, grapes and other food (6 shots)
SV & GV Shoppers carrying purchases back across bridge (2 shots)
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Background: As fierce fighting between Government forces and communist troops continues in the Khmer Republic, many people have been making daily crossings into the border towns of Thailand to purchase essential food supplies.
Every day about 150 Cambodians cross into the town of Aranya about 300 miles (400 kms) east of Bangkok, and there load up with eggs and agricultural produce. According to local people, about 20 tankers take daily supplies of oil from Thailand into the Khmer Republic. The rate of exchange is 100 Khmer Riels (50 U.S. cents) for five Thai Bahts, but many barter with goods, such as skins and hides. The traders have to pass through three checkpoints on their way in and their way out.
At other points the Thais have closed the border because they fear communist infiltrations among the Cambodians. Thailand and the United States will shortly begin officials talks on the gradual withdrawal of American troops in Thailand. In a newspaper interview, Khmer President Lon Nol has warned countries in South-East Asia to guard against subversive activity by North Vietnam.