Following the Vietnamese-backed takeover in Kampuchea (Cambodia) by insurgent forces, wounded Khmer Rouge troops of the fallen Pol Pot regime have been crossing the border into Thailand.
GV Thai troops and newsmen walking across fields near Cambodian border (2 shots)
MV Flag PULL BACK TO GV Thai soldiers off back of truck
GV Armed Landrover escorting truckload of Cambodian troops through streets to hospital
MV Newsmen looking on as truck stops outside hospital (2 shots)
MV Wounded Cambodian troops helped down from truck as people look on (2 shots)
MV Police and soldiers help down wounded Cambodian soldier from back of truck
MV Cambodian soldier with wounded arm helped into hospital
MV Cambodian soldier on stretcher wheeled into hospital
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Background: Following the Vietnamese-backed takeover in Kampuchea (Cambodia) by insurgent forces, wounded Khmer Rouge troops of the fallen Pol Pot regime have been crossing the border into Thailand.
SYNOPSIS: So far, the opposing forces in Kampuchea have carefully avoided firing over the border into Thailand. But the sound of heavy gunfire can be heard at many points along the border as the Vietnamese-led forces continue to advance, fanning out north and south of the border town of Poipet, near the Thai town of Aranyaprathet.
To date, only a trickle of refugees has been seeking to cross into Thailand, people like these few wounded Khmer Rouge soldiers being taken in an escorted truck to a Thai hospital. But it has been reported that up to six hundred refugees, all women and children waiting about a mile inside Kampuchea, have been refused entry by the Thais.
The Thai policy is not to accept more refugees form Communist Indochina to swell the total of more than one hundred and fifty thousand already in camps in Thailand. But, in practice, once refugees, such as these, manage to get across the border, they are rarely sent back. Even so, the Thai Government had made it clear that fleeing Kampucheans, be they troops or civilians, are not wanted.
Faced with a full-scale conflict on their doorstep, the Thais are outwardly calm. But they have warned that any incursions into their territory by foreign troops would meet fierce resistance.