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20 Gttlesburg fte9!sttr*Mail, Galasbufg # JJl. Thursday, July 26, Shelling of Phnom Penh Leaves 18 People Dead PHtom PENH (t/Pf. - Less than 24 hours after Pf&kteht ton Nol warned of new Communist pressures of Phnom Penh, insurgents fired shells into crowded areas of the city and killed a reported 18 persons Wednesday. Military police sources said another 26 persons were wounded, many of them seriously. After the shelling, the government tightened security precautions in the city and American warplanes flew heavy concentrations of air strikes south, west and north of the capital. HEAVY FIGHTING and U.S. bombing, clearly visible to city residents, occurred near the marketplace area after Communists cut a road leading to an army camp at Prey Sar, six miles south of the capital. The British and Australian embassies began evacuating some dependents within 12 hours of the rocket attack. Cambodian military authorities said 40 rockets fell on the city, but did not list casualties. Military police sources instead listed them. The sources said that apparently 36 shells fell on the road to the capital's main airport west of the city and in and around a marketplace to the southwest. Three persons died with another 22 wounded in the marketplace shelling, police sources said. In line with Lon Nol's orders to the army to establish defense systems in and around Phnom Penh, Prime Minister In Tarn moved the start of curfew from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ordered government offices to stagger working hours. Workers are now undergoing army training during the morning hours. FIELD REPORTS said heavy ground fighting occurred south and north of Phnom Penh. The most critical area apparently was near Highway 2, where insurgents reportedly advanced to within Vk miles of the suburb of Takhmau. The Cambodian high command also said Communists infiltrated the village of Bek Chan, 10 miles from the capital on Highway 4. Field reports said a Communist rocket attack there killed five persons and briefly closed the highway. American warplanes conducted heavy air strikes near the capital during the night — the 140th day of consecutive U.S. raids during the intensified air war that President Nixon agreed to end by Aug. IS. Saigon Troops Kill 21 In 8-Hour-Long Battle SAIGON (UPI) — The South Vietnamese command said today that government troops killed 21 Communists in an eight-hour battle 30 miles northeast of Saigon. The fighting occurred as a deadlock continued between Saigon and the Viet Cong over their last scheduled exchange of prisoners. The two-party Joint Military Commission planned another special session today in an effort to break the deadlock. LT. COL. Le Trung Hien, spokesman for the Saigon command, said two government soldiers also died late Wednesday and early today when the Communists attacked a government infantry position six miles southwest of Phu Giao district town and 30 miles northeast of Saigon. Eleven government troopers were wounded. Fighting in the Central Highlands and along the Central Coast killed 32 Communists and seven government soldiers in five separate battles, including the 21 in the one long engagement northeast of Saigon, Hien said. He said 25 government soldiers were wounded. In Quang Ngai province, on the Central Coast 35 miles southeast of Da Nang, he said, 18 government soldiers held captive by the Communists since February, 1972, escaped from a prison Wednesday. The prison was nine miles southwest of Binh Son district town. ON. THE POLITICAL FRONT, Saigon's delegation to the military commission charged that 1,596 of its soldiers plus four civilians are being detained in 15 prison camps in North Vietnam. On Wednesday, the Saigon delegation said more than 7,000 of its soldiers were being held in prison camps in Cambodia and various areas of South Vietnam. The Communists say they hold only 410, government military priosners. South Vietnam says the Communists have fai ed to free 26,000 soldiers known to have been taken prisoner. Air Force Chief Didn't Know of WASHINGTON (UPI) - The bombing of Cambodia by U.S. Air Force B52S in 1989 artd 1970 was so secret that the secretary of Hie Air Force didn't even know about it. This point was made public Wednesday as conflicting accounts emerged on the extent to which Senate and House committees knew about the bombing and on just what Cambodia's chief of state at the time, Prince Norodom Siha­ nouk, had to do with it. It was disclosed last week |that the United States secretly carried out 3,630 B52 sorties, dropping 100,0811 tons of bombs on Cambodia from March, 1969, until May, 1970, while the Pentagon kept false records to make it appear the raids were in South Vietnam. Senator 'Astounded' Robert C. Seamans Jr., Air Force secretary when the bombing was going on, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday that he wasj hot told of it. Sen. Harold Hughes, D-Iowa, said he was "astounded'.' that the Joint] Chiefs of Staff didn't tell Seamans. Aif Force Chief of Staff Gen. John D. Ayah, who Was vice chief ci staff during the early period of the bombings, told the committee* he didn't know about them either until he was promoted to his present job. State Department spokesman Charles W. Bray told reporters Wednesday that Secretary of State William P. Rogers had privately told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 2 and April 22, 1969, that Prince Sihanouk had no objection to the U.S. bombing Vietnamese Communist targets in Cambodia. Bray said the State Department "assumed then that the committee knew the bombing was already going on. Asked about this by news* men, committee sources said Rogers had "elliptically" mentioned the strikes but had given no indication as to their size and duration. Briefs Legislators Rogers Wednesday gave 200 members of the House a closed door briefing on the subject He reportedly told this group that both the Senate Foreign Relations Cbrnmittee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee knew about the bombings at the time. Rep. Thomas E. Morgan, D- Pa., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said later, "Yes, I guess we did." According to Rep. John Brademus, D-Ind., Who was present, Rogers told the 200 congressmen that Sihanouk requested the U.S. bombing, this differed from the State Department version which only said Sihanouk had no objection, j It differed even more from Sihanouk's version. He cabled The New York Times to deny be had authorized the raids. Sen. Mike Mansfield, D- Mont, said Wednesday that, though he had frequent meetings with Sihanouk during the • time in' question, Sihanouk never mentioned sanctioning the bombings to him. Sihanouk was later deposed in a coup. Court Orders Halt to U.S. Operation in Cambodia NEW YORK (UPI) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. military operations in Cambodia are unconstitutional, and ordered them halted. It was the first court ruling that the President does not have authority to conduct wars without the approval of Congress. U.S. District Court Judge Orrin Judd in his ruling | provided that his permanent' Neiv Program Will Provide College Help A new federal grant program for students starting post-secondary education this fall will help many high school graduates who otherwise might riot be able to go to school, Rep, Robert H. Michel, R-Ill., said today. ; Michel said students should apply now for assistance under the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant program, recently announced by the U.S. Office of Education. "The grants this year are limited to first-year, full-time students at any approved college, university, vocational school, technical institute, or hospital school of nursing," the Peoria congressman said. 'Application forms should be available now at student financial aid offices in postsecondary institutions, at high school guidance offices, * post offices, state employment offices arid county agricultural extension offices," Michel said. The Republican lawmaker isaid forms may also be obtained by writing his Washington office or by writing to Box G, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. Michel is ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding higher education programs. Congress provided more than $122 million 'to support the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant program for its first year of operation beginning this fall. An estimated 500,000 students are expected to qualify for some assistance under the program. The merry-go-round is the most popular ride in amusement parks. injunction halting U.S. action in Cambodia not go into effect until 4 p.m. Friday so that the government will have time to appeal. The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Robert Morse, immediately filed a notice of appeal, and said the government today would ask the Second Court of Appeals to stay Judd's injunction. Judd's decision came one day after U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch in Washington rejected a similar suit by eight congressmen that sought to halt the bombing of Cambodia. That suit, Gasch said, involved political questions which are clearly beyond the proper limitation of judicial power." In the past, Judd, a 66-year- old Republican appointed to the federal bench in 1968, has rejected several suits to stop American, military involvement in Vietnam. In those cases, he ruled that Congressional bills appropriating funds for war operations in Vietnam constituted approval to conduct the War. But in the present case, Judd said, "The question is not... whether aerial action in Cambodia is the termination of a continuing war or the initiation of a new and distinct war, but whether Congress has authorized bombing in Cambodia after the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, and the release of prisoners of war." "It is ordered," he said, that defendants James S. Schlesinger, secretary of defense; John J. McLucas, acting secretary of the Air Force; and William P. Clements, deputy s e c r e t a r y of defense...are permenently enjoined arid re­ strained from participating in any way in military activities in or over Cambodia or releasing bombs which may fall on Cambodia.'' Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, D- N.Y., and three Air Force officers brought the suit. One of the officers, Capt. Donald E. Dawson of Danbury, Conn., has been charged with disobeying an order because he refused to ily a B52 mission. INTEREST RATES ARE UP! First National Pays the Maximum! 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