Communist-led insurgents on Monday (3 March) gave the Khmer capital, Phnom Penh, its heaviest daily death toll since the current offensive on the city began more than two months ago.
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Background: Communist-led insurgents on Monday (3 March) gave the Khmer capital, Phnom Penh, its heaviest daily death toll since the current offensive on the city began more than two months ago.
At least 19 people died.
Eleven people were killed just a few yards (metres) from one of the city's fashionable hotels when a 107-mm rocket exploded among a group of tricycle-taxi drivers and pedestrians. More than a dozen people were seriously injured. Many of these were taken away in tricycle-taxis and trucks before military Jeeps and trucks arrived on the scene.
Another seven people died when a rocket exploded in a central flower market -- the third time in a week rockets have struck the area.
One person was killed and several wounded at the city's airport.
Since then the situation has grown progressively worse.
Communist-led forces have attacked Phnom Penh from the south--until now the attack has been only on three sides--and Pochentong International Airport has often been effectively closed by incessant rocket attacks, turning the Khmer capita into a truly besieged city. The airport was the city's last lifeline to the outside world after the Mekong River outlet was closed by military operations recently.