The funeral of fifteen men, women and children who died in a Communist rocket attack took place in Phnom Penh, the encircled capital of the Khmer Republic, on Friday (July 27).
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SV Babies' coffins carried from truck
SV Bereaved relatives
SV Monks during prayer
SV Gen. Chuon & Um Tramuch during prayer
GV Monks & relatives during prayer
GV Student with wreath
SV, CU Premier during prayer (2 shots)
GV Students pray
LV Monks praying
SCU Premier lays wreath on coffins (2 shots)
SV People laying flowers on coffins (2 shots)
SCU In Tam giving money in envelopes (3 shots)
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Background: The funeral of fifteen men, women and children who died in a Communist rocket attack took place in Phnom Penh, the encircled capital of the Khmer Republic, on Friday (July 27).
The Communists fired the rockets at the city's airport and western suburbs during the afternoon rush hour two days before. Some hit refugee huts at the side of the main road to the airport, others exploded within 500 yards (metres) of Prime Minister In Tam and Vice President Hong Cheng's homes.
Cars leaving the city quickly turned back for the centre to get away from the attack. It was the first time the city had been shelled since early June, and it forcibly brought home to residents how close the encircling Communist forces are. The rockets are thought to have come from the Communist southern front near the industrial suburb of Takhmau only six miles (9 km) from the city centre.
On the same day as the mass funeral in Buddha's mausoleum in Phnom Penh, the city's parks bustled with new recruits leaning rifle drill. The recruits were responding to President Lon No1's call for 10,000 more soldiers to blunt the Communist threat. In a radio address he appealed to residents not to lose heart in the face of Communist attacks on the city. American B-52 bombers have since pounded suspected Communist positions.
At the funeral ceremony Prime Minister In Tam gave money in envelopes to the victims' relations. Um Tramuch, Phnom Penh's Governor, Buddhist monks and students attended.