Government forces are suffering heavy casualties and more refugees are being evacuated to Phnom Penh in the Khmer Republic as heavy fighting continues to rage in several areas around the capital.
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Background: Government forces are suffering heavy casualties and more refugees are being evacuated to Phnom Penh in the Khmer Republic as heavy fighting continues to rage in several areas around the capital.
Helicopters are running an almost continuous shuttle service to Phnom Penh with casualties from the fighting near Kompong Luong close to the capital, the provincial capital of Takeo and the coastal city of Kampot, which has been under siege by insurgents for the last two months.
Particularly heavy casualties are believed to have been suffered by the government forces when the Kompong Luong position was over-run. However, military sources in Phnom Penh have not released details of the clash.
In the last week as many as a hundred wounded a day have been airlifted back to hospitals in the capital. With them have come a large number of refugees, many of them women and children, who have been wounded or driven out of their villages by the fighting.
The insurgents are also believed to be suffering particularly heavy casualties in the latest clashes.