BANGKOK, Thailand — Thai forces fought for a third day to repulse Vietnamese troops who crossed the Thai-Cambodian border in an assault on a Cambodian resistance camp, and lightly armed guerrillas defending the cliff-top camp continued to hold out against their reinforced attackers, Thai military officials and Western diplomats said Thursday.
The Thai military reported Thursday morning that army troops supported by artillery and U.S.-supplied A-37 Dragonfly aircraft had recaptured three hills seized Tuesday by about 1,000 intruding Vietnamese soldiers on the Thai side of Cambodia's northern border. Hundreds of Vietnamese were said to have been driven back across the border into Cambodia.
However, the Vietnamese counterattacked against Hill 361 on Thai soil behind the besieged Cambodian guerrilla base at Tatum, and the results of the battle were not immediately clear, Western diplomats said.
Thai authorities said 14 Thai soldiers and 15 Thai civilians had been killed in the three days of fighting, and that more than 70 Vietnamese troops had been killed.