• Short Summary

    Thousands of refugees have been streaming steadily into Qui Nhon Province early this week as South Vietnamese troops battled Communist forces for control of a vital stretch of Highway 1.

  • Description

    Thousands of refugees have been streaming steadily into Qui Nhon Province early this week as South Vietnamese troops battled Communist forces for control of a vital stretch of Highway 1.

    Many of the 7,000 refugees arrived by boat. Others fled from Phu My district down the north-south Highway 1 after their villages were shelled by Communist artillery fire on Tuesday (6 August).

    Government troops for the past three days have been trying to re-open a segment of Highway 1, six miles (10 kms) north of Phu My district town along the central coastal province of Binh Dinh. It was lost to Communist forces on July 29.

    Latest field reports indicated government troops have recaptured the section of Highway 1 between Phu My and Sa Huynh, 40 miles (65 kms) to the north. Government casualties were not reported, but Communist losses were put at 17 killed.

    Military sources interpreted the Communist activity along that section of the road as part of a plan to gain access to the fishing port of De Di, east of Phu My.

    The general level of fighting in South Vietnam for the past three weeks have been the highest since the Paris Peace Agreement was signed last year. President Thiou of South Vietnam has described the current level of fighting ??? the beginning of another Communist "general offensive".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7IQQ16JB9Z7003FGR5M5Z4OJB
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IQQ16JB9Z7003FGR5M5Z4OJB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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