Khmer Government forces last week were still fighting a large action in an effort to keep at bay Communist formations in a crescent of positions stretching half-way around the capital of Phnom Penh.
SV Khmer troops through fields (2 shots)
SV Refugees along road (3 shots)
SV Khmer troops shooting (3 shots)
TV-28 bomber attacking
GV Bomb hits Kleah Sanday
SV Khmer troops towards village (2 shots)
SV Ditto into village (2 shots)
SV PAN showing devastated village
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Background: Khmer Government forces last week were still fighting a large action in an effort to keep at bay Communist formations in a crescent of positions stretching half-way around the capital of Phnom Penh. One such action was fought at the reportedly Communist-held village of Kleah Sanday, miles (14 kms), from the capital on Thursday (9 December). A fierce Government bombardment against suspected Communist positions reduced the village to rubble and the Government troops met no opposition as they moved in.
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SYNOPSIS: Last week, these Khmer Government troops were fighting a fierce series of actions in a crescent running about halfway around Phnom Penh.
Refugees streamed out of the combat zone to avoid the fighting as Government forces tried to keep Communist troops at bay. Many refugees left the village of Kleah Sanday--reportedly held by the Communists. This village, only nine miles from the Khmer capital, became the object of a Government attack. The refugees were allowed to leave because they reportedly told Kleah Sanday 's occupiers that they were going to work in the nearby rice fields.
The Government forces moved up into the attack, backed up by artillery fire from nearby positions.
Khmer T-28 bombers hit the town as well.
The effect was devastating.
When the shooting stopped, the Government troops advanced warily into Kleah Sanday. They were trying to re-occupy the town.
But there was no opposition. All the Khmer troops found was heaps of rubble, some blackened tree stumps and a few dead farm animals.