The chief of a Cambodian village near Phnom Penh has claimed that South Vietnamese patrol boats opened fire on Cambodian villagers and troops on the Mekong River recently.
LV & SV Patrol boats up river
LV People on board houseboat
SV Men marching
LV Bullet holes in building
LV Men with rifles walking and power plant
SV Soldiers pointing at bullet holes
LV PAN..Troops walking at side of river
LV Vietnamese patrol boats on river (2 shots)
LV Refugees in boat
LV People on river front and boat passing (2 shots)
SV & LV Troops in street
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Background: The chief of a Cambodian village near Phnom Penh has claimed that South Vietnamese patrol boats opened fire on Cambodian villagers and troops on the Mekong River recently. He said the clash began when the South Vietnamese tried to take a houseboat from the village.
Villagers have said that South Vietnamese marines aboard five patrol boats told them they were going to take the houseboat back to Phnom Penh. The marines said the boat belonged to Vietnamese refugees there.
The village chief showed the marines a bill of sale for the boat but they started firing at townspeople and a power plant on the river bank.
Cambodian troops guarding the plant returned the fire. The exchange lasted 10 minutes before the patrol boats sailed back down the river.
The chief alleges marines have taken 10 houseboats from his village in the past.