An air raid alert exercise was staged in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, on Monday (June 1).
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Background: An air raid alert exercise was staged in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, on Monday (June 1). It was purely a precautionary measure and the authorities said there was no cause for alarm.
The alert coincided with the clamping of martial law over the country. At four o'clock in the afternoon sirens wailed over the drowsy city and within five minutes the streets were virtually cleared except for newsmen and shops and houses locked and shuttered up.
Police and armed student members of the Cambodian Home Guard hustled stragglers into shelters and military patrols made sure everyone stayed inside.
Senior officers toured the streets of the city to check the effectiveness of the exercise while helicopters fluttered over-head. An hour after the sirens wailed out their warning, the alert ended and Phnom Penh returned to normal.