• Short Summary

    South Vietnam released 500 prisoners of war on Thursday (8 March) -- the first contingent to be released in the overdue second phase of the exchange of Vietnamese prisoners-of-war.

  • Description

    South Vietnam released 500 prisoners of war on Thursday (8 March) -- the first contingent to be released in the overdue second phase of the exchange of Vietnamese prisoners-of-war. The prisoners were flown to the release-site north of Quang Tri and were ferried to freedom across the Thach Han River under the supervision of International Commission of Control and Supervision (I.C.C.S.) members.

    Only 499 of the prisoners actually crossed the river. One man, Corporal Trinh Van Ky, decided at the last minute to remain in South Vietnam.

    The South vietnamese Command reported later that government positions less tan three miles from the release-point had been shelled during the release. The High Command also reported that communist gunners fired 362 rounds into government positions around Hue, south of Quang Tri.

    Hanoi denied the reports and countered by refusing to release some 250 South Vietnamese prisoners on Sunday (11 March), alleging that the South Vietnamese had attacked areas around the release-sites.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1Y8AFL2KJUYA8EPERG2QNKBEL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1Y8AFL2KJUYA8EPERG2QNKBEL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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