• Short Summary

    A VISNEWS cameraman was among neutral delegates invited to the Tunisian village of Sakiet Sidi Youssef after French aircraft had made an all-out bombing attack on the Village February 8th. 1958, killing 75 people - including a number of children - and wounding a further 83.

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    A VISNEWS cameraman was among neutral delegates invited to the Tunisian village of Sakiet Sidi Youssef after French aircraft had made an all-out bombing attack on the Village February 8th. 1958, killing 75 people - including a number of children - and wounding a further 83.

    An International Red Cross team was in the vicinity when the bombing occurred. Some of the Red Cross lorries were destroyed by the bombs despite the large red crosses clearly painted on their sides and roofs. One member of the team, a Swede, M. Goesta Heuman, is reported as stating that the attack lasted for one hour. He thought at first that the target must be an Algerian rebel encampment outside the Village, but when he re-entered Sakiet he was appalled at the destruction. "I shall never be able to forget the frightful sights I say - women and children dead and dying in the streets".

    The official French explanation of the bombing - from aircraft based across the border in Algerians - was that French observation planes had been fired upon three times from the village, which they described as "a camp for Algerian rebels". Defence Minister Chabas Delmas described it as "crushing a nest of rebels and assassins comfortably installed on the territory of Chief of State who pretends he can do nothing about it". He later called the bombing "an act of legitimate defence".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1JNJD4OCSBH2EV629ZEVVPM8D
    Media URN:
    VLVA1JNJD4OCSBH2EV629ZEVVPM8D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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