An estimated 70-thousand people have been affected by the heaviest fighting in South Vietnam since the ceasefire more than a year ago.
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SV Destroyed tank with soldier sitting next to it (2 shots)
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SV Doctor treating children (4 shots)
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Background: An estimated 70-thousand people have been affected by the heaviest fighting in South Vietnam since the ceasefire more than a year ago. The country's main north-south Highway has been cut by the fighting. Reports say a number of Government armoured personnel carriers have been destroyed and litter Highway One 290 miles (465 kms) north east of Saigon.
Government troops have begun an offensive to reopen the Highway which connects all major ports along South Vietnam's coast. They were reported to be advancing from the town of Phu fly in the face of intense artillery fire from North Vietnam's Yellow Star division. Government artillery was laying down a barrage for the Saigon troops, and villagers caught between the two forces began fleeing into Qui Nhon.
The fighting erupted three weeks ago with a concerted communist attack against areas outside De Nang, South Vietnam's second largest city. A number of Government outposts were overrun.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese Government forces and members of North Vietnam's crack Yellow Star division are locked in bitter battle in the north provinces of South Vietnam. The fighting has continued for about three weeks.
A number of Government armoured vehicles have been badly damaged or destroyed as the South Vietnamese begin to push against outposts overrun by the communists in the initial fighting.
Many refugees have made their way to villages nearer Saigon where the Government forces hold stronger positions. Provisions for them are ???arce and with fighting continuing it is becoming harder to bring supplies in from the south or the coast. The situation is worse than at any time since the height of the Vietnam war. Medical aid is in short supply and in this village only one doctor is on hand to treat the wounded.