The North Vietnamese government has made available film on what they claim to be the aftermath of U.
GV PAN Bombed village
LV People digging amid debris (2 shots)
SV Man removing small unexploded bombs
SV Bombed house
SV PAN INT Wreckage in home
LV People digging in wreckage
SV PAN More building damage
SV Unexploded bombs (2 shots)
CU Woman patient in hospital PAN To doctors (2 shots)
CU Doctor explains baby's injuries (2 shots)
CU Other injured children (3 shots)
SV North Vietnamese soldiers examine large unexploded bomb (2 shots)
LV PAN FROM Wrecked house to troops looking at damage
BOMBED VILLAGE: MAN REMOVING SMALL UNEXPLODED BOMBS: CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL: NORTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS EXAMINING DAMAGED HOMES.
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Background: The North Vietnamese government has made available film on what they claim to be the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids on Thanh Hoa Province Hill ???ilas (160 kilometres) south of Hanoi. According to the North Vietnamese, the raids were carried out during the last half of April.
Hanoi claims that more than 400 strikes--including those by giant 8-52 bombers--destroyed 60 villages int he province, killing and wounding many civilians and leaving others homeless. Some villages were strewn with what were claimed to be small, unexploded fragmentation bombs designed for use against populated areas.
In addition to the air strikes, the North Vietnamese say that American warships bombarded the same area on 43 different occasions. None of the areas hit, they say, contained military facilities.
SYNOPSIS: The North Vietnamese government has released film which purports to show the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids on Thanh Hoa Province, located 100 miles south of Hanoi. They say the strikes were carried out during the last two weeks of April.
Hanoi claims that more than 400 air strikes--including some by giant 8-52 bombers--destroyed no less than 60 villages in the province. What were said to be small anti-personnel bombs lay unexploded in one village.
The North Vietnamese say the area was devoid of any military facilities. They say the strikes wounded many ordinary civilians. In one case, two village schools were said to have been destroyed by two one-ton bombs, killing 13 pupils and injuring another 24. As a result of this kind of bombing, the North Vietnamese say they are undertaking to evacuate old men, women and children from the coastal area sot the safer mountainous regions.
In addition to the air strikes, North Vietnam claims that American warships bombarded the same area on 43 different occasions, destroying another 22 villages, and many of these wounded were children. The main hospital in the province was reported to have been destroyed. Doctors had to care for the wounded in make-shift facilities. The government says that the children seen here were wounded by fragments from small bombs, which are especially designed to injure human beings rather than property.
Besides the fragmentation devices, Hanoi says the U.S. dropped large, high explosive bombs which killed and injured many of those who had sought refuge in bomb-shelters--high pressure from the blasts resulted in the collapse of some shelters.