ROYAL Government forces repelled a major Khmer Rouge attack just outside
Sisophon along Route 5 on June 7, with observers describing the six-hours of
artillery exchanges as the most intense since 1989.
The RCAF got advance
intelligence of the attack and were able to get tanks in position to halt the
night time raid.
There were no civilian casualties though KR motar shells
were lobbed at Sisophon. Some houses were burnt along Route 5, according to a
The source said: "The RCAF showed its fighting to
capacity by halting the attack and has renewed the confidence of the civilian
populace in them."
Accurate casualty reports have yet to emerge though
the RCAF said their intense artillery barrages wounded large numbers of
guerrillas, who mounted their attack from Bavel. Meanwhile international aid
agency sources reported an increase in the number of taxis making the trip along
Route 5 from Sisophon to the market town of Poipet, though the border crossing
to Thailand has yet to re-open.
A Western military analyst said a force
of 500 KR fighters was planning to attack the border checkpoint at Arn Ses and
the district capital of Choam Khsan in Preah Vihear province. Choam Khsan has
been cut off for months by road from the provincial capital of T'beng
The source also said that the notorious Gen Ta Mok, known as
the one-legged butcher, has taken over operations in Siem Reap
KR guerrillas fought an overnight battle with government forces
on June 5 along Route 6 for two bridges and succeeded in blowing up another
bridge west of Puok in Siem Reap province.
Other government reports put
the total of KR fighters killed during May at 286, with two tanks being captured
and another two destroyed. No figures were available for government casualties
but independent observers say four RCAF soldiers die for every six KR guerrillas
Fighting has been reported in Kampot province and a relief worker
reported that Krang Leav, the Khmer Rouge village where US hostage Melissa
Himes, held had been bombed. Apparently it was a calculated revenge attack.