• Short Summary

    The families of British and Australian diplomats were flown out from Phnom Penh, the beseiged capital of the Khmer Republic on Thursday (26 July) because of the uncertain military situation.

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    The families of British and Australian diplomats were flown out from Phnom Penh, the beseiged capital of the Khmer Republic on Thursday (26 July) because of the uncertain military situation.

    Phnom Penh airport was re-opened for the flights following a rocket attack on the city and the airport on Wednesday (26 July). About 15 rockets were estimated to have fallen within the airport perimeter, and seven within 500 yards (about 460 m) of the homes of the Prime Minister, In Tam and the Vice President Chang Heng. Five people were killed and at least fifteen were wounded.

    American aircraft are continuing to bomb suspected Communist positions around the capital. On the same day as the rocket attack, two battalions of Government soldiers were sent in to reinforce a small village 10 1/2 miles (17 kms) southeast of Phnom Penh.

    The Communists had been shelling a bridge at the village only hours before the troops arrived, and the Commander of the 1st Division, General Ith Suong was investigating the area while the shelling was going on.

    American F-1-Il's kept up bombing raids away from the Prok-ho river after the reinforcements arrived. Two more battalions were due to join them at the village the Collouing day.

    Fighting has been serious around Phnom Penh for aams ???, American military expenditure in Indo-China is due to end then.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8865M40FU4FYKH8A4LULS6JPF
    Media URN:
    VLVA8865M40FU4FYKH8A4LULS6JPF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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