In Kampuchea (Cambodia), Khmer Rouge soldiers have captured the town of Poipet, near the border with Thailand.
GV Countryside near Poipet with sound of gunfire and artillery in distance
SV Mother and children taking shelter
SV Thai soldiers lurk behind sandbag as they guard Banwangmon village, Thailand (3 shots)
SV Woman with water buffalo leaves village
GV Deserted houses in village ZOOM INTO bunker
SV Thai soldiers in civilian clothes and carrying guns patrolling Bangwangmon village (2 shots)
SV Thai soldiers guarding entrance to temple that contains 168 prisoners loyal to Heng Samrin (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO Temple
GV ZOOM THROUGH Barbed wire TO temple with Thai soldiers guarding prisoners
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Background: In Kampuchea (Cambodia), Khmer Rouge soldiers have captured the town of Poipet, near the border with Thailand. The attack was launched by forces loyal to the ousted Kampuchean Premier, Pol Pot, and resulted in about a hundred and seventy Kampuchean soldiers fleeing across the border into Thailand.
SYNOPSIS: Poipet fell at about midnight on Friday (6 April), but heavy fighting continued for most of the following day.
Hundreds of people -- many of them women and children -- have fled Poipet since the Pol Pot fighters launched their offensive nearly two weeks ago. It was a defiant gesture against the Vietnamese-led forces who captured the town last month, and have since mounted a major campaign to root out resistance to Kampuchea's new administration. Heng Samrin's troops used heavy weapons, including artillery, in their efforts to hold Poipet. But Pol Pot soldiers are said to have recaptured the town using only rifles.
The Kampuchean authorities have claimed that Pol Pot's headquarters--not far south from here--had been captured, and the former Prime Minister had been forced to flee to Thailand. But the Thai Prime Minister, General Kriangsak Chamanand, has said there is no evidence to say Pol Pot fled across the border. The Khmer Rouge Radio -- believed to be broadcasting from Southern China -- has made no mention of the new kampuchean administration's claim to have captured Pol Pot's headquarters.
At the height of Friday's fighting, a hundred and sixty-eight soldiers belonging to the Heng Samrin Government fled across the border into Thailand. They were immediately detained by Thai troops, and are now being held in this building -- Temple Kaonoi. Meanwhile, around Poipet, the fighting continues, and some of the conflict has been reported as close as a hundred metres from the Thai border.