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.
GV Government troops at damaged bridge
GV & SV Government troops looking at slain insurgents (2 shots)
SV Civilians and troops walk to body of another insurgent
CU Wounded soldier given aid PAN TO Officer on field telephone (2 shots)
SV PAN Injured soldier carried away
SV Wounded put into ambulance
SV Ambulance drives off
SV PAN Jeep loaded with soldiers drives off
SV Villagers leaving area carrying bundles of woods (3 shots)
SV Refugees living along road outside Phnom Penh (4 shots)
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Background: 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.