• Short Summary

    Army helicopters airlifted refugees out of the besieged Mekong River ferry town of Neak Luong on Monday (13 January) after bringing in re-enforcements for government troops desperately holding out against Communist-led insurgents.

  • Description

    Army helicopters airlifted refugees out of the besieged Mekong River ferry town of Neak Luong on Monday (13 January) after bringing in re-enforcements for government troops desperately holding out against Communist-led insurgents.

    Neak Luong, 28 miles (45 kilometres) southeast of Phnom Penh -- the capital city, which is itself beleaguered -- is the only position still held by government forces along the 19-mile (30-kilometres) stretch of the Mekong River between the two centres. The rescue operation was launched because Neak Luong has become overcrowded to four times its normal population as refugees from the surrounding area have fled the insurgents' advance.

    Hundreds of other refugees -- most of them women and children -- arrived safely in Phnom Penh on Monday by river barge and landing craft after running the gauntlet of many insurgent positions along the river. However, 26 refugees were killed and 44 wounded when their landing craft was hit by insurgent shelling near Neak Luong, and a second evacuation convoy was forced to turn back in the face of heavy fire.

    Meanwhile, in Phnom Penh, President Lon Nol called indirectly on Monday (13 january) for more military and economic aid from the United States. The President was addressing the opening of the 31st annual Buddhist Conference.

    But, even as he spoke, reports indicated that stepped-up U.S. military supplies are already pouring into Phnom Penh. Newsmen at the capital's Pochentong Airport reported about 50 landings by U.S. Air Force C-130 transport aircraft ferrying in equipment from Thailand.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1YCXKMAAVSX78DOTB8KM44SVL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1YCXKMAAVSX78DOTB8KM44SVL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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