• Short Summary

    ROCKETS FIRED FROM BAMBOO STAKES BY VIET CONG YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) SLAMMED INTO THE HEART OF SAIGON IN THE CITY'S FIRST DAYLIGHT ATTACK OF THE CONFLICT KILLING AT LEAST 19 CIVILIANS AND INJURING 140.

  • Description

    ROCKETS FIRED FROM BAMBOO STAKES BY VIET CONG YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) SLAMMED INTO THE HEART OF SAIGON IN THE CITY'S FIRST DAYLIGHT ATTACK OF THE CONFLICT KILLING AT LEAST 19 CIVILIANS AND INJURING 140.

    THE VIET CONG RAINED 26 ROCKETS - EACH CARRYING FOURTEEN-AND-A-HALF POUNDS (ABOUT 6.5 KILOGRAMS) OF HIGH EXPLOSIVE - AROUND THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE AND THE ONCE FASHIONABLE TU DO (FREEDOM) SHOPPING STREET.

    THE NEW ATTACK - THE EIGHT SUCCESSIVE DAY SAIGON HAS BEEN SHELLED - CAME FROM THE EAST AND MEANT THAT LAUNCHING SITES HAVE NOW BEEN REPORTED IN A COMPLETE CIRCLE AROUND THE CAPITAL . UNITED STATES MILITARY OFFICIALS CLAIM THE BOMBARDMENT IS SYSTEMATIC.

    ONE ROCKET LANDED NEAR A STATUE OF THE VIRGIN MARY BESIDE THE CITY'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL DAMAGING THE CATHEDRAL'S CLOCK. THE ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING HOUSING THE INDIAN CONSULATE IN SAIGON WAS ALSO BADLY DAMAGED.

    THE WEAPON USED BY THE VIET CONG IN THE NEW STYLE AIR RAIDS IS A SIX-FOOT (TWO METRES) LONG ROCKET FIRED FROM A LAUNCHING TUBE ABOUT A FOOT (30 CMS) LONGER. US.S. OFFICIALS SAY IT TAKES THE VIET CONG ABOUT FOUR-AND-A-HALF MINUTES TO SET UP, AIM, LOAD AND FIRE THE ROCKET WHICH HAS A RANGE OF ABOUT SEVEN METRES (??? KMS).

    TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF RESTRICTIONS ON REPORTING VIET CONG ROCKET ATTACKS. THEY ASKED REPORTERS NOT TO RECORD THE NUMBER OF ROCKETS FIRED AND NOT TO SAY IF THEY HAD SCORED DIRECT HITS ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS OR GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5OU7EM0D687BRJJQVEEFHQQ1
    Media URN:
    VLVA5OU7EM0D687BRJJQVEEFHQQ1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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