Khmer Government troops were forced to abandon a refugee and training camp at Long Vek, about 36 miles (55 km) north of Phnom Penh.
Khmer Government troops were forced to abandon a refugee and training camp at Long Vek, about 36 miles (55 km) north of Phnom Penh. The retreat was forced by a heavy insurgent artillery attack that began on 2nd of May and lasted until 4th May.
Some five thousand troops and about twenty thousand civilians had regrouped at the camp after the loss of other bases in the area, less than a week before. The camp was situated in a former Royal palace, and while many buildings were being destroyed by insurgent shelling, there was heavy fighting on the outskirts. It was estimated that the attack had been mounted by about three thousand insurgent troops.
The Government forces were supported by ammunition parachute drops from United States C-130 supply planes, which continued throughout the action. The injured were evacuated by helicopters which flew into the area, even when the shelling was at its fiercest. Stretchers bearing the wounded had to be carried to waiting aircraft across fields that were being pounded by mortar and rocket fire.
On Monday (6 May) the High Command claimed that Government troops had recaptured the Long Vek camp. About five thousand Government troops had regrouped near the camp the previous day, and had launched an attack which had forced the insurgents to withdraw. The High Command said that each side had lost four men during the battle.