• Short Summary

    As the United States steps up its airlift to beleaguered Phnom Penh, one village near the Khmer capital's major airport has been increasingly attacked by insurgent rockets.

  • Description

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    People scatter as rocket explodes
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    2.
    People get off street
    0.06

    3.
    Injured woman loaded onto handcart
    0.35

    4.
    Another wounded loaded onto cart pan woman weeps
    0.59

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    Boy on ground with gaping wound in thigh
    1.10

    6.
    Pan bicycles to boy lifted onto handcart
    1.22

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    CU boy screaming (in Khmer) as taken away
    1.31

    8.
    Man carries injured daughter away down main road
    1.44



    Initials


    ORIGINAL OF 2053/75

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: As the United States steps up its airlift to beleaguered Phnom Penh, one village near the Khmer capital's major airport has been increasingly attacked by insurgent rockets.

    The village is Pochentong, northwest of Phnom Penh. Communist-led insurgents fired at least four 107mm Chinese-made rockets into the village market, on Thursday (27 February) killing seven people and seriously wounding 12 others.

    The attack came as the first "stretched" DC-8 transport aircraft arrived at neighbouring Pochentong Airport. The planes were carrying food and fuel to Phnom Penh in a large-scale airlift operation from Saigon.

    Two rockets exploded among roadside stalls of the market packed with hawkers selling fruit and vegetables. The hawkers had hardly removed the dead and wounded when two more rockets landed among them.

    There were screams as everyone dived for cover. One nine-year-old boy was sprawled beside a dead woman. There was a gaping wound on the lower right side of his body. His right hand was practically severed at the wrist, and he was quietly asking a soldier: "Can you please take me to a hospital".

    As relatives and friends carried the wounded in tricycles, handcarts and cars to a nearby hospital, the market became deserted. Hardened as they are to the rocket attacks launched by insurgents since the dry season offensive began on New Year's Day, the people appeared to have had enough this time.

    "We are net coming back to the market", one Khmer said.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADCW119XTGZZW4CF7DTYVR55RK
    Media URN:
    VLVADCW119XTGZZW4CF7DTYVR55RK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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