• Short Summary

    IN THE CONGO THERE WERE MORE REPORTS TODAY (THURSDAY) OF COUNTER-ATTACKS IN THE CITY OF STANLEYVILLE.

  • Description

    IN THE CONGO THERE WERE MORE REPORTS TODAY (THURSDAY) OF COUNTER-ATTACKS IN THE CITY OF STANLEYVILLE. A BELGIAN OFFICER WAS QUOTED AS SAYING HIS TROOPS DID NOT CONTROL ANYTHING MORE THAN A SQUARE MILE OF THE CENTRE OF THE CITY. EARLIER REPORTS SAID GOVERNMENT FORCES HAD WON CONTROL OF IT.

    STREETS IN THE EUROPEAN QUARTER WERE DESERTED, EXCEPT FOR THE GOVERNMENT PATROLS TRYING TO FLUSH OUT SIMBA SNIPERS. THE MAIN GROUPS OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT SIMBAS HAD RETIRED ACROSS THE RIVER, WHERE IT WAS THOUGHT THEY WERE DIGGING IN FOR A FINAL STAND.

    ABOUT 300 OF THEM WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE DIED IN THE BATTLE OF STANLEYVILLE SO FAR. THIS LEFT PERHAPS 2,500 OF THEM AGAINST THE BETTER-EQUIPPED BELGIAN AND GOVERNMENT FORCES.

    THE NUMBER OF EUROPEANS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES JUST BEFORE THE RELIEF OF STANLEYVILLE WAS STILL UNCERTAIN. BUT THE LATEST FIGURES OF STANLEYVILLE WAS STILL UNCERTAIN. BUT THE LATEST FIGURES SUGGESTED AT LEAST 40 DIED, AMONG THEM TEN OR ELEVEN CHILDREN. THE REFUGEES SAID THAT MASS-EXECUTIONS HAD STARTED AMONG THE CONGOLESE AS SOON AS THE TOWN HAD BEEN TAKEN OVER LAST AUGUST. MANY OF THE MURDERERS, THEY SAID, WERE THEMSELVES MERE BOYS.

    AT STANLEYVILLE AIRPORT, THE EVACUATION OF THE REFUGEES WAS A HURRIED AND RISKY BUSINESS. BELGIAN CONTROL OF THE AIRPORT WAS UNCERTAIN, AND THE LONG STREAMS OF INJURED AND HOMELESS WERE CONSTANTLY HARASSED BY SNIPERS.

    IN PEKING, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAS PUT OUT A STATEMENT EXPRESSING GREAT INDIGNATION AT WHAT IT CALLS "THE ARMED AGGRESSION COMMITTED BY THE AMERICAN AND BELGIAN IMPERIALISTS AGAINST THE CONGO". IT SAYS CHINA WILL TAKE ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES TO GIVE FIRM SUPPORT TO THE CONGOLESE "IN THEIR STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION".

    THE UNITED STATES HAS REJECTED RUSSIAN CHARGES THAT IT WAS GUILTY OF MILITARY INTERVENTION IN THE CONGO. THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAID THE NECESSITY FOR THE RESCUE OPERATION WOULD BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD WHEN THE FULL STORY OF THE HOSTAGES' PLIGHT BECAME KNOWN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5W2VPDXFQCV0TODL3FDRLOV9L
    Media URN:
    VLVA5W2VPDXFQCV0TODL3FDRLOV9L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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