- Title: THAILAND: FIGHTING INTENSIFIES AROUND CAMBODIAN BORDER
- Date: 19th December 1997
- Summary: THAI-CAMBODIA BORDER NEAR O'SMACH (THAI SIDE OF THE BORDER) (DECEMBER 19-20, 1997) (RTV) 1. SLV ARMED THAI SOLDIERS TAKING POSITIONS AT THE BORDER /SOLDIER USING RADIO IN BUNKER /VIEW THROUGH BUNKER WINDOW OF BORDER/ SOLDIER AND WOMAN CROUCHING DOWN INSIDE BUNKER (6 SHOTS) 0.23 2. SLV BORDER WITH INCOMING SHELLS AUDIBLE 0.28 3. CU THAI OFFICER ON RADIO INSIDE BUNKER 0.34 4. SCU JOURNALISTS ON GROUND TAKING COVER (EXPLOSION AUDIBLE) 0.41 5. SLV CARS WITH WOUNDED DRIVING BY/CAMERAMAN FILM THEM AS THEY TRAVEL DOWN ROAD 0.51 6. SLV EXTERIOR OF THE HOSPITAL ON THE THAI SIDE OF THE BORDER 0.56 7. SCU/SLV SERIOUSLY WOUNDED CAMBODIAN FIGHTER ON STRETCHER BEING TREATED BY NURSES IN EMERGENCY ROOM (5 SHOTS) 1.23 8. SCU WOUNDED CAMBODIAN FIGHTER ON HOSPITAL FLOOR 1.30 9. SCU/MV DOCTOR TREATING WOUNDED SOLDIER PAN TO NURSES ATTENDING TO ANOTHER WOUNDED SOLDIER (2 SHOTS) 1.42 10. CU SOLDIER HAVING HEAD INJURY COVERED 1.47 11. SLV NURSES TREATING WOUNDED SOLDIER /CU SOLDIER LOOKING AT DRIP ATTACHED TO HIS HAND (2 SHOTS) 1.56 12. SLV SERIOUSLY WOUNDED SOLDIER BEING TREATED 2.01 13. MV JOURNALISTS WAITING OUTSIDE THE ROOM (INTERIOR) 2.04 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: THAI-CAMBODIA BORDER NEAR O'SMACH (THAI SIDE OF THE BORDER)
- Country: Thailand
- Duration: 00:02:05
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- Story Text: - INTRO: Fighting has intensified around the Cambodian border town of O'Smach as government and pro-royalist forces continued to battle it out for control of the region.
Government troops under Second Prime Minister Hun Sen have been fighting forces loyal to deposed co-premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh since he was ousted in July.
Fighting raged over the weekend (December 19/20) with Cambodian government troops firing several mortar rounds at their royalist rivals. Some of the shells landed on the Thai side of the border.
Thai forces fired several warning shots back into Cambodia in response.
Hun Sen toppled his senior coalition partner Ranariddh in a bloody coup in July, sparking conflict between their forces in several parts of northern and western Cambodia.
Government troops under Hun Sen failed to capture O'Smach during heavy fighting in August and September and launched a new offensive a week ago.
Fighting, at times heavy, has continued since then as the government side, backed by tanks, rockets and artillery, attempts to clear opposition fighters from their well-defended positions on high ground up against the border with Thailand.
Several wounded Cambodian soldiers were taken to hospitals in Thailand for treatment.
The latest round of fighting came as efforts were under way to work out conditions for the return of Ranariddh to politics in Cambodia.
The international community is insisting that the prince, who left the country shortly before he was toppled and has not returned, be allowed to take part in an election next year.
Ranariddh and Hun Sen formed an uneasy power-sharing coalition government after a U.N.-run election in 1993, which Ranariddh's party narrowly won.
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