As fierce battles raged in various parts in South Vietnam on Tuesday there were reports that overall the war was tapering off three days after the official ceasefire came into effect.
FIGHTING ON HIGHWAY ONE, NEAK TRANG BANG, TANKS FIRING, SOLDIERS ??? INTO VILLAGE, FIRING ???ONE, VC FLAG ON HOUSE, TANK MOVING UP, PEOPLE IN HAMLET WEEPING, HOUSES WITH ???
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Background: As fierce battles raged in various parts in South Vietnam on Tuesday there were reports that overall the war was tapering off three days after the official ceasefire came into effect.
Military sources said that Communist troops had seized more than 120 Government-controlled hamlets, such as this one near Trang Bang, 30 miles west of Saigon, and 73 of them recaptured by Tuesday. The South Vietnamese reported that at the end of the third full day since the basefire nearly 2,000 communist troops had been killed, with about 300 south Vietnamese soldiers dead.
Both the Communists and the South Vietnamese have accused each other of numerous violations of the ceasefire.
Fighting continued on and near major highways leading to Saigon, many of which have been cut in several places by the Communists, and cut the inflow of foodstuffs into Saigon, causing a rise in ???es in the city's markets.
The policing of the cossefire was still reportedly bogged down in Saigon in formalities, but the delegations of American, South and North Vietnamese and Viet Cong officers and officials had arrived at there quarters and a first fall-sealer meeting of the four-party joint military commission seemed possible.