• Short Summary

    The United States has stepped up its airlift of emergency supplies to beleaguered Phnom Penh--and added ammunition to rice--as Communist-led insurgents in turn increase their rocket attacks on the Khmer republic's capital.

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    The United States has stepped up its airlift of emergency supplies to beleaguered Phnom Penh--and added ammunition to rice--as Communist-led insurgents in turn increase their rocket attacks on the Khmer republic's capital.

    Three "stretched" DC-8 transport aircraft took off from Ton Son Nhut Air Base in the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon on Thursday (27 February) with enough food and fuel to meet the minimum immediate needs of Phnom Penh's 2,000,000 inhabitants--a population swollen by a steady flow of refugees from regions now controlled by the insurgents.

    The three aircraft--chartered by the U.S. Government from World Airways and Airlift International--are expected to deliver nearly 600 tons of rice and fuel a day over the next month. The contract reportedly is worth 4.6 million U.S. dollars (GBP1.92 million sterling)--and comes at a time when the United States Congress is debating President Gerald Ford's request for an additional 222 million U.S. dollars (GBP90 million sterling) in military aid to the Khmer Republic.

    Meanwhile, the United States also has begun airlifting sorely needed ammunition into Phnom Penh's Pochentong Airport. The first such military supplies arrived Thursday (27 February) aboard a United States Air Force C-130 cargo plane--one of several flown by civilian crews form the Bird Air Company. The planes carrying military supplies have been making up to 35 flights a day.

    Phnom Penh, now almost surrounded by the insurgents, faces an increasingly critical shortage of food, fuel and ammunition as the insurgents tighten their blockade of the Mekong River--the city's only remaining lifeline on the ground.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4JB01ISJSW1HBZT4VABQ81IS
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4JB01ISJSW1HBZT4VABQ81IS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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