November 15, 2007

New York Times - News on Feb 1, 1983

> February 1, 1983
> AROUND THE WORLD; Vietnam Troops Attack Cambodia Refugee Camp
> Vietnamese troops and artillery launched an assault against the
> biggest refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border today and thousands
> of Cambodians were reported fleeing into Thailand.
> Ground fighting was reported outside Nong Chan camp between Vietnamese
> troops based in Cambodia and insurgents from the non-Communist
> Cambodian Peoples' National Liberation Front.
> The camp is home for some 30,000 displaced Cambodians.
> At the same time the Vietnamese kept up a steady barrage of shells,
> rockets and mortars. At least 50 shells landed in Thai territory,
> killing a 66-year-old farmer and damaging several houses and a
> Buddhist temple, a Thai military spokesman said.
> International Red Cross doctors were forced to abandon their hospital
> in the camp and moved out with the refugees and 35 injured to
> Cao-i-Dang camp inside Thailand, Red Cross officials said. They added
> that at least 10,000 refugees had left Nong Chan and the rest of the
> camp's inhabitants were expected to follow.


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