The World: Phnom-Penh Under Fire

Life in beleaguered Phnom-Penh was gradually returning to normal. For ten days the Cambodian capital had been spared the pounding of the Khmer Insurgents' artillery. Then suddenly, one day last week at midafternoon, captured American 105-mm. howitzers slammed 73 shells into the city in the worst attack in the history of that war.

Eight shells fell within the grounds of President Lon Nol's Chamcar Mon Palace, damaging shacks of the palace guard and killing eight. Other rounds came dangerously close to the U.S. embassy. Most of the shells impacted in a densely populated refugee area. Fanned by gusting winds, flames raced through...

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