Khmer Government forces on Wednesday (20 June) reopened Highway Four, the strategic western road lifeline of Phnom Penh.
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Background: Khmer Government forces on Wednesday (20 June) reopened Highway Four, the strategic western road lifeline of Phnom Penh.
The action ended a 24-hour period when all roads into the capital were cut by Communist forces. However, Communist units still control various points along six of the highways into beleaguered city.
Heavy fighting has raged along Highway Four, which links Phnom Penh with the western port of Kompong Som, since the Communists cut it about 20-miles (30 KM) from the capital earlier this month.
With Highway Four reopened, a supply convoy was able to drive from Kompong Som into Phnom Penh on Monday afternoon.
During the fighting to reopen the highway, Government forces took Tnhal To Tung village, which had been in Communist hands since June 5.
SYNOPSIS: Highway Four -- one of the roads vital to the beleaguered Khmer Republic capital of Phnom Penh. The highway was reopened to Government convoys on Monday after Communists Units had been driven off by Khmer Republic Forces.
Many villagers have lost their homes during the heavy fighting which has been raging around Phnom Penh. Many of them have been fleeing into the city as the Communists tighten their grip on the capital. During Monday's fighting to reopen Highway Four, Government forces retook Tnhal To Tung village, which had been in Communist hands since early this month.
The clearing of Highway Four by Government troops ended a twenty-four hour period during which all roads into the capital were cut by the Communists. The Highway is Phnom Penh's vital western link with the port of Kompong Som. It carried much-needed food and fuel to the city.
But the reopening of Highway Four has only partly alleviated Phnom Penh's supply crisis. Communists units still control various points along six other highways into the city.