• Short Summary

    After three days of heavy bombardment and street fighting in Vientiane, right-wing troops of General Phoumi Novasan were reported December 17 to have wrested the Laos capital from the opposing soldiers of Communist Pathet Lao, and neutralist parachute commander, Captain Kong Lee.

  • Description

    After three days of heavy bombardment and street fighting in Vientiane, right-wing troops of General Phoumi Novasan were reported December 17 to have wrested the Laos capital from the opposing soldiers of Communist Pathet Lao, and neutralist parachute commander, Captain Kong Lee.

    Film just received from Laos shows units of General Novasan's army advancing into near-destroyed Vientiane. Infantry, supported by tanks, penetrated into the suburbs, passing hundreds of homeless civilians evacuating the city.

    Wrecked and burning buildings were seen everywhere as they marched on Vientiane Airport - defended by Russian howitzers of Captain Kong Lee's men.

    The General Hospital was overwhelmed with civilians wounded in the bombardment. Casualties were estimated at 150 killed and about 300 injured.

    Captain Kong Lae's forces then withdrew towards the north, taking with them the Soviet-supplied artillery flown to them earlier in the month by Russian Ilyushin aircraft from Hanoi, capital of Communist North Vietnam.

    At a press conference in Vientiane Dec 20, Prince Boun Oum, head of the provisional Laotian Government, gave his first reactions to a proposal to revive the 3-power international commission for Laos. Although he did not entirely reject the idea - as had previous Laotian Governments - he said the commission had "sad memories" for Laos.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZRFO3S21A0HOMYOXBE3F2PT6
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZRFO3S21A0HOMYOXBE3F2PT6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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