Fighting was still raging near South Vietnam's Tay Ninh hours after he ceasefire officially came into effect on Sunday.
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Background: Fighting was still raging near South Vietnam's Tay Ninh hours after he ceasefire officially came into effect on Sunday.
There was fierce fighting in the Long Road market, just outside the city and near the headquarters of the Cao Dai religious sect. stormed by Communist forces an Saturday. Government air strikes were called in to dislodge a strong Viet Cong force battling with South Vietnamese troops in the area.
The fighting had ben going on since the previous day, when Communist forces took over six hamlets on the city's south-eastern perimeter and forced the local population to seek refuge in the nearby Cao Dai compound.
Tay Ninh is 65 miles north-west of Saigon on Highway One, which was cut on Saturday midway between the two cities at Trang bang town. Saigon's telephone exchange reported later that all civilian lines to Tay Ninh were out of order.
United States officials have speculated that the big Communist drive on Tay Ninh was to gain a foothold in a major city for the seat of the Viet Cong Provisional Revolutionary Government. United States sources in Saigon said that the North Vietnamese had moved tanks to within shelling range of the city.
A Government military spokesman said Communist forces launched a record 378 attacks throughout the country during the night before the ceasefire came into effect.