This Week in History; July 5, 1997

On July 5 1997, long tensions between the two governing parties of Cambodia broke into factional fighting between FUNCINPEC supporters of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, heade by Nhek Bun Chhay, and of Hun Sen’s CPP and Bodyguard Unit forces, resulting in a number of casualties. Most of the fighting took place in Phnom Penh, with the area around the airport seeing a lot of action, as that was where the main FUNCINPEC base was located..

This remains a controversial issue to this day and readers are advised to search for further information behind the causes and aftermath.

General Nhek Bun Chhay

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