Heavy fighting between Khmer Government troops and Viet Cong forces took place near Phnom Penh during the weekend (November 27-28).
Heavy fighting between Khmer Government troops and Viet Cong forces took place near Phnom Penh during the weekend (November 27-28). One battle, part of overall fighting for control of access roads to the capital, took place in the Phnom Prasat area, 11 miles(18 kilometres) north west of Phnom Penh. At one stage VISNEWS cameraman Yosep Lee -- who has been wounded and captured by communist forces while covering the Indo-China was during the past year -- found himself in the middle of a Viet Cong rifle and machine-gun attack on the patrol of Government troops he was with.
SYNOPSIS: Fresh fighting broke out during the weekend around Phnom Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic. In this battle, at Phnom Prasat, 11 miles north west of the capital, the news cameraman found himself pinned down by a communist rifle and machine-gun attack directed at the patrol he was with.
Later the Government forces retreated, taking at least one prisoner. Some Government troops were wounded in the brief exchange of fire. In other battles in a wide area around the capital during the weekend, about 30 communists were reported killed. Over 50 Khmer troops were killed or wounded. The battles were part of a long, drawn-out campaign by both sides to control the access roads to the capital, currently in Government hands.