• Short Summary

    As the last of the United States combat troops pulled out of Vietnam on Thursday (29 March), the war in neighbouring Khmer Republic continued with further Government positions falling to enemy forces.

  • Description

    As the last of the United States combat troops pulled out of Vietnam on Thursday (29 March), the war in neighbouring Khmer Republic continued with further Government positions falling to enemy forces. Waves of United States B-52 bombers continued to bomb suspected Communist positions near Phnom Penh -- some of them within ten miles (16 kms) of the city boundary.

    In Phnom Penh itself, life has become difficult for the city's residents as refugees move in from outlying areas threatened by the war. Traffic clogs the streets and the situation becomes even worse as troops carry out spot checks on vehicles in search of explosives and small arms being carried into the capital.

    Food prices have soared. a bag of rice sufficient to feed a family of five for a month costs more than a soldier earns. Many of the population are hard-pressed to get enough to eat, and buyers int he markets are continually on the look-out for the cheapest food available.

    The country's National Assembly -- or parliament -- has been dissolved and suspended several times under President Lon Nol. He now rules under emergency powers given him last week by the Assembly.

    The former royal family of the deposed Prince Sihanouk have been under house arrest since a single aircraft bombing raid on the Presidential Palace where President Lon Nol was attending a Cabinet meeting almost two week ago. The aircraft was said to have been piloted by a former husband of a daughter of Prince Sihanouk.

    All major highways are impassable most of the time because of military activity, and much of the city's supplies must be carried by water. Even there the danger is growing, and rice for some outlying villagers must be carried by military barge.

    Destruction of the largest bridge in the republic last October, has meant the much of the traffic across the Tonle Sap River running past the capital must now go by ferry, adding greatly to the problems of a city increasingly on the defensive.

    SYNOPSIS: Traffic clogs a street in Phnom Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic....the only Indo-China country that does not have a peace agreement with Communist forces. Life has become particularly difficult for the city's residents as refugees move in from outlying areas threatened by the war. With enemy forces occupying positions only ten miles from the city's boundaries, Government troops are continually on the lookout for explosives and arms being smuggled into the capital.

    Cars get a close scrutiny from the ever watchful troops.

    Even lorries carrying the badly needed supplies to feed the city's growing population are checked to see they carry nothing lethal. Food prices have scared in the city, and for many of the population it's a straggle each week to be able to buy enough cheap food to carry them through. A bag of rice to feed a family of five for a month costs more than a soldier earns.

    The country's National Assembly....or parliament.....has been dissolved and suspended several times under President Lon No. He now rules under emergency powers given him last week by the Assembly.

    The former royal family of deposed Prince Sihanouk have been under house arrest since an aircraft bombed the Presidential Palace where President Lon Nol was attending a Cabinet meeting almost two weeks ago. It's claimed the former husband of a daughter of the Prince piloted the aircraft.

    All major highways are impassable most of the time because of military activity and much of the city's supplies must be carried by water. Rice goes to some outlying villagers by military barge.

    With the bridge destroyed, traffic across the Tonle Sap River goes by ferry.....adding greatly to the problems of a city on the defensive.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1SE4TPF1HJJSLBESPZFB4DS26
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SE4TPF1HJJSLBESPZFB4DS26
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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