More Belgian troops left Brussels by air for the Congo, July 12, under orders to protect the lives of their fellow-countrymen in the newly independent and trouble-torn Republic.
GV. Troops on airport.
LV. Boarding plane.
GV. People wave from airport building.
LV. Troops wave.
LV. Troops into plane.
SV. Onlookers on airport building roof.
GV. Plane taxi as off.
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Background: More Belgian troops left Brussels by air for the Congo, July 12, under orders to protect the lives of their fellow-countrymen in the newly independent and trouble-torn Republic.
Belgian troops withdrew, the same day, from the port of Matadi in the face of superior forces of the mutinous Congolese soldiers. Describing the withdrawal as "tactical", the Belgian Government said no Belgian troops has been killed although a number were badly wounded.
A Sabena Airline pilot who reached Northern Rhodesia said 55 white people had been killed at Luluabourg, Kasai, where 2,000 Congolese troops revolted before the town was reoccupied by Belgian paratroops, July 12.
In Katanga Province, which seceded from the Congo Republic, July 11, Belgian paratroops have recaptured Jadotville. Peace and stability have returned to Elisabethville, the capital, where Belgian soldiers are guarding major buildings, railway and airport, while Europeans are walking the streets again for the first time in several days.
While President Kasavubu and Premier Lumumba were away on an abortive goodwill mission to Katanga, a Congolese Council of Ministers in Leopoldville, attended by two Belgian Ministers, decided to ask for American troops to help restore order in the Lower Congo. Mr. Gates, the American Secretary of Defence, confirmed receipt of the request and said Mr Herter would take it up with the United Nations. The Secretary of State has postponed a visit the United Nations. The Secretary of State has postponed a visit to Canada for defence talks, because of the Congolese request.