Insurgent forces have kept up their rocket bombardment of Phnom Penh. On Thursday (January 3),?
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Background: Insurgent forces have kept up their rocket bombardment of Phnom Penh. On Thursday (January 3), the Khmer capital suffered its heaviest casualties since the current assault started 12 days earlier. Eight rockets were fired into the centre of the city in mid-afternoon. At least six people died and about 40 were injured.
Several of the rockets landed near important buildings. One, fired into the edge of the city's fashionable diplomatic area, set fire to a pagoda office building. Firemen found two people dead in the office and two monks were wounded.
Another of the 122 mm rockets landed in a hospital courtyard. Among the more seriously wounded victims was a two-year-old girl, who had been playing within 30 yards of the impact point. Shrapnel had nearly severed one of her legs, and doctors had to amputate
Other rockets landed near Army headquarters, the former royal palace, the Foreign Minister and two embassies. Several houses were badly damaged.
Thursday's casualties brought the number of people killed in Phnom Penh by rocket attack during a twelve-day period to 22.