• Short Summary

    AFTER NEARLY A WEEK OF SAVAGE FIGHTING IN THE CITY, SAIGON IS BEGINNING TO COUNT THE COST OF THE VIET CONG ASSAULT.

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    WRECKED BUILDINGS: BULLET-RIDDEN CARS AND MOTOR BIKES: DESERTED STREETS: DEAD BODIES IN STREETS AND DITCHES: REFUGEES LEAVING PAGODA, WALKING DOWN STREET.




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    Background: AFTER NEARLY A WEEK OF SAVAGE FIGHTING IN THE CITY, SAIGON IS BEGINNING TO COUNT THE COST OF THE VIET CONG ASSAULT. BODIES LIE GROTESQUELY IN THE STREETS AMID THE DEBRIS OF WAR.....BURNT-OUT AND BULLET RIDDEN VEHICLES, POCK-MARKED BUILDINGS AND THE FRIGHTENED FACES OF REFUGEES. THERE ARE 15,000 REFUGEES IN 20 TEMPORARY CAMPS IN THE CITY.

    ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SAIGON, AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ARE ATTEMPTING TO CUT OFF RETREATING VIET CONG, WHILE IN THE CITY ITSELF, STREETS ARE DEVOID OF LIFE AND A CHILLING QUIET HAS SETTLED. ONLY THE CARNAGE OF WAR REMAINS,.....MUTE TESTIMONY TO THE SAVAGERY OF THE FIGHTING. FRIGHTENED CIVILIANS STILL HUDDLE BEHIND LOCKED DOORS, AFRAID TO GO ON TO THE STREETS, IN SEARCH OF FOOD.

    THE ONLY MOVEMENT IS THAT OF THE MILITARY VEHICLES TAKING TROOPS TO THE OUTLYING AREAS, AND THE REFUGEES, LEAVING THEIR SHATTERED HOMES IN THE DEVASTATED SUBURBS TO TAKE REFUGE IN PAGODAS OR TEMPORARY CAMPS.

    AN AMERICAN SPOKESMAN SAID YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE VIET CONG GUERILLAS HAD ENTERED THE CITY FROM EIGHT DIRECTIONS ON TUESDAY NIGHT, UNARMED AND WITHOUT SUPPLIES. WHEN THE GUERILLAS REACHED PREDETERMINED POINTS, THEY WERE ISSUED WITH WEAPONS AND GUIDED THROUGH THE CITY BY "LOCAL VIET CONG."
    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR HELP IN CARING FOR THE THOUSANDS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND REFUGEES, DISPLACED BY THE FIGHTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAZRWUNYBA9E0KBZ4NGP7YPDB0
    Media URN:
    VLVAAZRWUNYBA9E0KBZ4NGP7YPDB0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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