• Short Summary

    In the first major operation since the Indo-Chinese war spilled over into the Khmer Republic last year, 100 communist troops were killed earlier this week as South Vietnamese and Khmer troops launched a drive to clear Route One to the South Vietnamese border.

  • Description

    In the first major operation since the Indo-Chinese war spilled over into the Khmer Republic last year, 100 communist troops were killed earlier this week as South Vietnamese and Khmer troops launched a drive to clear Route One to the South Vietnamese border.

    The Khmer troops, under the command of Colonel Lon Non, brother of Prime Minister Lon No1, made contact with the communist forces strongly entrenched near the village of Phum Penh, about 50 miles (80 kms) southeast of Phnom Penh.

    South Vietnamese troops have been operating in the area, but complaint by Khmer civilians of alleged atrocities committed against them by Saigon troops are currently under investigation by a joint khmer-South Vietnamese committee.

    This film, shot by VISNEWS cameraman Yosep Lee, shows troops moving forward during an operation in the same area supported by bombers and armoured vehicles.

    SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese troops have been combining with Khmer forces in an attempt to clear Route One to the South Vietnam border. Over a hundred communist are reported to have been killed in the late offensive -- the first major operation since the war spilled over into the Khmer Republic last year. Over four thousand troops are taking part in the combined operation.

    The Khmer forces, under the command of Colonel Lon Non -- brother of Prime Minister Lon No1, made first contact with Communist forces near the village of Phum Penh about 50 miles southeast of phnom Penh. South Vietnamese troops have been operating in the same area, but complaints by Khmer civilians of atrocities committed against them by the Saigon forces are currently under investigation by a joint Khmer-South Vietnamese committee.

    The refugees have been accusing the South Vietnamese troops of burning their homes, looting and rape, according to news agency reports. The Khmer Government has lodged a strong protest over the alleged atrocities, adding that the problems seemed to be coming at the lower unit levels where South Vietnamese officers appear not to have control over their troop's activities.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3CH1D5QAXNSNQ279X1JR6DB8J
    Media URN:
    VLVA3CH1D5QAXNSNQ279X1JR6DB8J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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