• Short Summary

    TODAY, (SUNDAY) SAW THE SECOND MAJOR FLARE-UP IN THE ALGERIA-MOROCCAN CRISIS, SINCE THE CEASEFIRE WAS SUPPOSED TO COME INTO EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY.

  • Description

    TODAY, (SUNDAY) SAW THE SECOND MAJOR FLARE-UP IN THE ALGERIA-MOROCCAN CRISIS, SINCE THE CEASEFIRE WAS SUPPOSED TO COME INTO EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY.

    AGAIN BITTER FIGHTING TOOK PLACE AT THE MOROCCAN OASIS TOWN OF FIGUIG, WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY ALGERIANS.BOTH SIDES TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO BREAK THE OTHER'S GRIP.MESSAGES FORM THE ALGERIANS POSITIONS ON THE HEIGHTS SURROUNDING THE TOWN.THEY FAILED AND WITHDREW TO THEIR ORIGINAL POSITIONS INSIDE THE TOWN.LATER THE ALGERIANS ATTACKED IN STRENGTH WITH INFANTRY AND ARTILLERY, BUT ACCORDING TO THE MOROCCANS WERE BEATEN OFF.

    VISNEWS CAMERAMAN BILL MCCONVILLE IS IN FIGUIG, AND ON SATURDAY, (NOVEMBER 2) RECORDED THESE SCENES IN THE BELEAGURED TOWN, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER HEAVY SHELL FIRE.THE LAST REFUGEES WERE BEING EVACUATED, AND THE ONLY CIVILIANS REMAINING WERE THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO HELP DEFEND THE TOWN.THE CASUALTY FIGURE IS HIGH - THE NUMBER OF DEAD CIVILIANS ALONE IS REPORTED TO BE AT LEAST SIXTY.MEANWHILE MOROCCAN ARTILLERY CONTINUES TO DIG IN AND HIT BACK AT THE SURROUNDING ALGERIANS.

    FIGUIG IS OF GREAT STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE IN THE STRUGGLE, SITUATED AT THE TIP OF A WEDGE OF MOROCCO WHICH JUTS OUT INTO ALGERIA.THE ALGERIAN FIRST TRIED TO CAPTURE IT BEFORE THE CEASE FIRE WAS DUE TO COME INTO EFFECT, AND FIGHTING HAS GONE ON MORE OR LESS EVER SINCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7ZE42X4E5FI8BZ57EGELCPDTP
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ZE42X4E5FI8BZ57EGELCPDTP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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