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Rash of Truce Violations Hit Cambodia in November

Rash of Truce Violations Hit Cambodia in November

The first half of November saw an unusally high number of ceasefire violations. "There

was more activity at the beginning of November then there had been for a while,"

said UNTAC Military Spokesman Dick Palk.

"Since then things have quieted down and there have been no significant incidents."

Truce violations reported during the first two weeks of November included the

following:

  • Nov. 1: National Army of Democratic Kampuchea (NADK-the Khmer Rouge) forces

    raided a Cambodian People Armed Forces (CPAF-the army of the State of Cambodia) post

    in Chamkar Leu district of Kompong Cham province, injuring one CPAF soldier, according

    to the official State of Cambodia (SOC) news agency SPK.

  • Nov. 2: NADK division 920 attacked a SOC police station in Por Pel commune

    in Kompong Thom, killing one policeman. (SPK)

  • 3. Nov. 2: A group of 40 people wearing NADK uniforms attacked a CPAF

    police post in Por Pel commune in Kompong Thoim, killing one policeman. (SPK, UNTAC)

  • Nov. 3: NADK soldiers allegedly burned down a commune office, part of

    a hospital, and the police post in Phum Preal, northwest of Pursat off of Route 5.

    The group of 14 men fired weapons but there were no injuries. (UNTAC)

  • Nov. 4: Khmer Rouge division 36 shelled and looted four villages in Mong

    Russey district in Battambang. (SPK)

  • Nov. 5: An UNTAC helicopter was shot down near Chumrun Reach village in

    Siem Reap. A second helicopter which tried to rescue the crew of the downed helicopter

    was also fired at. (UNTAC)

  • Nov. 6-7: Dozens of mortars hit Choam Ksam in Preah Vihear province, near

    the Thai border, injuring two Khmer civilians, and causing UNTAC to evacuate its

    civilian police and electoral team.

In addition, shells fell 100 meters away from CT-1, an U.N. border checkpoint.

UNTAC troops in the vicinity said they figured the attack was launched by NADK because

the first shells hit CPAF regiment 19. (UNTAC)

  • Nov. 6: Unidentified soldiers entered the village of Phum Ta Treal, in

    Kompong Thom province, fired small arms weapons and threw several grenades, killing

    one adult and injuring three children. Villagers said NADK was responsible. UNTAC

    is investigating. (UNTAC)

  • Nov. 6: SOC reported that NADK attacked CPAF in Chan Pey, 40 kilometers

    southeast of Siem Reap. But according to UNTAC, the fighting began when 60 CPAF soldiers

    and SOC police moved into NADK territory. (UNTAC)

  • Nov. 6: Villagers attending a Buddhist festival in Phum Choam, 18 kilometers

    northeast of Kompong Thom, were attacked by small arms fire, killing three and wounding

    24. Villagers said NADK was responsible. (UNTAC).

  • Nov. 7: CPAF reported it was attacked by NADK and ANKI (Prince Ranariddh's

    forces) at Phum Srah, 40 kilometers northeast of Kompong Cham city.

SOC reported that five NADK soldiers were killed and two CPAF injured in the attack,

although UNTAC determined that CPAF launched the attack. (UNTAC)

  • Nov. 8: Khmer Rouge soldiers fired three rounds of H107 on government

    positions in Ta Pho villager, Tmar Pouk district,in Banteay Meanchay. No casualties

    were reported. (SPK)

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