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    The coastal provincial capital of Kampot in the Khmer Republic has once again come under heavy communist shelling -- it is besieged by communist-led insurgents.

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    The coastal provincial capital of Kampot in the Khmer Republic has once again come under heavy communist shelling -- it is besieged by communist-led insurgents. It is the last Government-held enclave on the southern Khmer coast between the Vietnamese border and the port of Kompong Som.

    Many of the city's ten thousand inhabitants have been fleeing from the city as communist artillery kept up a heavy rocket-and-mortar bombardment. The insurgents have occupied and destroyed the city's only water supply station. Now water is so scarce that people are said to have drunk from a lotus pond in front of the Governor's residence.

    Schools, shops and offices have been closed and the Government has issued arms to civilian employees and students. The Government High Command claimed that its troops were increasing their area of control by pushing the insurgents back; but no details were given.

    The communists have not yet captured a provincial capital in Khmer. Their assault against Kampot was begun on the 1 March. The next day the Government troops, assisted by civilian volunteers, were forced to pull back from four important positions around the outskirts of the city. Later, six more positions fell into insurgent hands after heavy fighting.

    Government re-inforcements have been sent into the city by air and sea; supplies of field guns and ammunition were landed by naval gunboats. The airport was closed after heavy insurgent shelling and supplies were ferried in by helicopter. In the battle around the city heavily-armoured helicopters have been used to hit communist forces in the jungle areas along the coast.

    SYNOPSIS: Townspeople in the provincial capital of Kampot in the Khmer Republic have been fleeing from the city following re-newed attacks by communist insurgents. The siege on Kampot began on the first of March. The next day. Government troops had to pull back from four important positions around the city outskirts.

    Four civilians were killed and five others wounded on Thursday when the communists opened up with heavy shellfire. Since then the insurgents have occupied and destroyed the city's only water supply station -- water is now so scarce that people are said to have drunk from a lotus pond in front of the Governor's residence. The city has a population of some ten thousand. Many of them have decided that it is now time to pull out. The communists have yet to capture a provincial capital in Khmer, and Kampot has great strategic value for them. It is the last Government-held enclave on the southern Khmer coast between the Vietnamese border and the port of Kompong Som.

    Helicopters have now been brought in to help defend Kampot. When the siege began there were only about two thousand troops there and they had to be re-inforced by armed civilians and students. As the communist ring tightened, at least ten important positions were lost by Government forces on the outskirts.

    The helicopters have been supporting the troops on the ground. They are heavily-armoured and -- each day -- their rockets and guns have pounded communist positions in the jungle and along the coast. Government re-inforcements have been sent in by air and sea, and supplies of field guns and ammunition have been landed by the navy.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC6ZDWP0XGNMAP5L5HJLK1P42Q
    Media URN:
    VLVAC6ZDWP0XGNMAP5L5HJLK1P42Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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