Ground fighting and bombing have been going on around the Khmer capital, Phnom Penh, since the Government launched a series of counter-attacks against insurgent forces.
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Background: Ground fighting and bombing have been going on around the Khmer capital, Phnom Penh, since the Government launched a series of counter-attacks against insurgent forces. The thirty-thousand strong rebel force is concentrated to the northwest and south of they city.
On Sunday (25th August) and Monday (26th August) there was heavy ground fighting to the south and air force T-28 bombers were reported to be flying over 100 missions a day in an attempt to force back the insurgents.
Observes speculate that the rebel force may be preparing for a big attack on Phnom Penh to coincide with the coming United Nations General Assembly debate where the question of the Khmer Republic's representation is due to be raised.
The government has urged friendly countries to help it to retain the country's seat at the United Nations. It has been fiercely challenged by the Government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
SYNOPSIS: In the Khmer Republic, government troops have been pushing south from the capital, Phnom Penh. Their offensive is one of a series of counter-attacks against an insurgent force threatening the city.
There were several casualties in a big ground battle south of the city earlier in the week. Thirty thousand insurgents are estimated to be poised just a few miles to the south and north-west of the city.
The insurgents have concentrated their forces in the past three weeks, backed by heavy guns. In an attempt to beat them back, government air force T-twenty-eights have been flying bombing missions - with some of the planes making one hundred missions a day.
Observers had speculated that the insurgents were about to launch major attacks on Phnom Penh in the near future, to coincide with the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly session where the question of Khmer's representation is due to be raised.
The Khmer Government has urged friendly countries to help it to retain the country's seat at the United Nations, which is fiercely challenged by the Government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.