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    Communist insurgents surrounding the capital of the Khmer Republic, Phnom Penh, forced government troops to retreat from two more bases near the city on Monday (October 1).

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    Communist insurgents surrounding the capital of the Khmer Republic, Phnom Penh, forced government troops to retreat from two more bases near the city on Monday (October 1).

    Government soldiers on one front 23 kilometres (15 miles) west of Phnom Penh only exchanged fire, but a little to the south-east they had to evacuate the village of Kompong Kontuot.

    The insurgents also routed government forces near the Prek Thnot river, leaving the south bank - only 18 kilometres from the city - in Communist hands.

    Government troops had one success. They drove the rebels out of a battered textile factory in Kompong Cham 80 kms. (50 miles) north-east of the city.

    President Lon Nol made a radio broadcast asking for immediate international help. He claimed the North Vietnamese and Vietcong were committing crimes against children, monks and cultural treasures.

    The President asked all liberty loving nations to actively support the Khmer Republic's just cause and help the government to re-establish peace. He also repeated the government's peace offer to rebel sources.

    SYNOPSIS: Communist insurgents surrounding the Khmer Republic capital, Phnom Penh, forced government troops to retreat from two more bases near the city on Monday. Government soldiers on this front twenty-three kilometres west of Phnom Penh exchanged fire with Communist forces.

    But, a little south-east they evacuated Kompong Kontuot.

    The insurgents also took the south bank of the Prek Thnot river - only eighteen kilometres from the city.

    Government troops had one success. They drove the rebels out of a battered textile factory in Kompong Cham, eighty miles north-east of the city.

    President Marshal Lon Nol has made a radio broadcast asking for immediate international help. He claimed North Vietnamese and Vietcong were committing crimes against children, monks and cultural treasures in the Khmer Republic.

    The President asked all liberty loving nations to actively support the Khmar Republic 's just cause and help the government to re-establish peace. He also repeated the government's peace offer to rebel forces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3AK1G6K39I3UJ082HA51LIJJT
    Media URN:
    VLVA3AK1G6K39I3UJ082HA51LIJJT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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