As the United States steps up its airlift to beleaguered Phnom Penh, one village near the Khmer capital's major airport has been increasingly attacked by insurgent rockets.
People scatter as rocket explodes
People get off street
Injured woman loaded onto handcart
Another wounded loaded onto cart pan woman weeps
Boy on ground with gaping wound in thigh
Pan bicycles to boy lifted onto handcart
CU boy screaming (in Khmer) as taken away
Man carries injured daughter away down main road
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Background: As the United States steps up its airlift to beleaguered Phnom Penh, one village near the Khmer capital's major airport has been increasingly attacked by insurgent rockets.
The village is Pochentong, northwest of Phnom Penh. Communist-led insurgents fired at least four 107mm Chinese-made rockets into the village market, on Thursday (27 February) killing seven people and seriously wounding 12 others.
The attack came as the first "stretched" DC-8 transport aircraft arrived at neighbouring Pochentong Airport. The planes were carrying food and fuel to Phnom Penh in a large-scale airlift operation from Saigon.
Two rockets exploded among roadside stalls of the market packed with hawkers selling fruit and vegetables. The hawkers had hardly removed the dead and wounded when two more rockets landed among them.
There were screams as everyone dived for cover. One nine-year-old boy was sprawled beside a dead woman. There was a gaping wound on the lower right side of his body. His right hand was practically severed at the wrist, and he was quietly asking a soldier: "Can you please take me to a hospital".
As relatives and friends carried the wounded in tricycles, handcarts and cars to a nearby hospital, the market became deserted. Hardened as they are to the rocket attacks launched by insurgents since the dry season offensive began on New Year's Day, the people appeared to have had enough this time.
"We are net coming back to the market", one Khmer said.