• Short Summary

    Officers of the Interfactional Control Commission (ICCS) flew to the South Vietnamese town of Cai Lay on Saturday (30 March) to investigate the fatal mortar shelling of a primary school earlier this month.

  • Description

    Officers of the Interfactional Control Commission (ICCS) flew to the South Vietnamese town of Cai Lay on Saturday (30 March) to investigate the fatal mortar shelling of a primary school earlier this month.

    The officers -- from Hungary, Indonesia, Iran and Poland -- were making their first full investigation of a ceasefire violation in five months. The investigation was requested by both the North and South Vietnamese governments, which accused each other of the mortar attack.

    One hundred children were killed or wounded, and three adults injured, when a single 82 milimetre mortar shell hit the school playground on 9 March. The children--aged from five to eleven--were lining up to go into their classrooms at the time.

    The shelling led South vietnamese military negotiators to boycott a scheduled meting with the Viet cong.

    The ICCS officers flew by helicopter to the Mekong Delta city of My The then on to Cai Lay, 45 miles (65 kilometres) southwest of Saigon.

    The fact that both North and South Vietnam requested the investigation allowed the ICCS officers to bypass compex procedural problems which have prevented them from making any serious investigations for months.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABDLROE2SSYN7DYW9LX9555RXS
    Media URN:
    VLVABDLROE2SSYN7DYW9LX9555RXS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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