• Short Summary

    With the military situation deteriorating daily for the government in the Khmer Republic, heavy fighting was reported on Thursday (27 December) only eight miles from the centre of Phnom Penh.

  • Description

    With the military situation deteriorating daily for the government in the Khmer Republic, heavy fighting was reported on Thursday (27 December) only eight miles from the centre of Phnom Penh.

    The fighting took place on the closest frontline to the capital -- only one mile (1 1/2 kms) from the city outskirts, on Highway 30.

    Government forces killed several Khmer Rouge soldiers, but suffered casualties themselves. They decided to abandon their frontline and withdrew about 100 yards (metres) towards Phnom Penh -- even such short distances have become vital in the battle for the city.

    The immediate area around the battle zone has been devastated and villagers have left their homes. On mile closer to the city, refugees are living alongside the road.

    There was heavy fighting further south at the provincial capital of Takeo on Saturday (29 December); and on Sunday (30 December), communist troops fired three rockets into central Phnom Penh, killing three people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3LIDJXI7E8CC7UJ627IPF0FW
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3LIDJXI7E8CC7UJ627IPF0FW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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