• Short Summary

    Government forces in the Khmer Republic are engaged in a large scale counter attack to try to clear insurgents from their rocket firing positions around the capital, Phnom Penh.

  • Description

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    LV Armoured personnel carriers
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    SV APC advances with troops following
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    GV Helicopter flys over
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    GV APC firing into trees
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    SV APC firing and advancing
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    GV Pan helicopter flys over village
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    GV APCs firing
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    LV Zoom in smoke of explosion with enemy fire
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    LV Rocket explosion among APCs and APCs move back (2 shots)
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    SV Helicopter flys overhead
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    GV APC in foreground with shell smoke rising above forest
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    Initials SC/1750 SC/1826



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Government forces in the Khmer Republic are engaged in a large scale counter attack to try to clear insurgents from their rocket firing positions around the capital, Phnom Penh.

    President Lon Nol's army has committed up to 5,000 of its best troops to the operation.

    The insurgents forces have been shelling the centre of the capital and nearby Pochengtong Airport with Soviet made rockets since late December.

    The rockets have been exploding almost daily and more than 100 people have been killed or injured.

    Pamphlets from the insurgents have appeared in the city warning residents to prepare for barrage of 1,000 rounds spread over 90 days.

    On Thursday (January 17) Government troops attacked Sam Rong village 2 kms west of the airport terminal building. The village has been occupied since January 5th this year by the communist led troops of Prince Sihanouk and the Phnom Penh military command suspect rockets are being fired from there.

    The Government troops were supported by armoured personnel carriers and by "gunship" helicopters. They were beaten back short of their goal after encountering heavy artillery and rocket fire. But the fighting goes on.

    Observers believe the success or failure of the Government drive to ??? but the insurgents threatening the international airport and the capital could determine the out come of the war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJYJXLSX95WVNSX9FZ1SKIK79
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJYJXLSX95WVNSX9FZ1SKIK79
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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