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    The effects of United States bombing missions in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas are depicted in official film just released by the North Vietnamese.

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    The effects of United States bombing missions in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas are depicted in official film just released by the North Vietnamese. Release of the film coincides with President Nixon's Moscow visit and reports that American bombing of the North has reached saturation point.

    Coverage from Haiphong was filmed shortly after the port had been mined by American aircraft. The North Vietnamese commentary with this film said that during a bombing raid on May 10, housing and schools were hit and two Soviet ships were damaged in Haiphong harbour.

    Four Soviet crew members, injured during this raid, are shown being treated in the port's Vietnam-Czechoslovakia Friendship Hospital.

    Scenes in Hanoi were filmed during and after an air-raid warning on May 11. The film shows one of the sequels of the bombing threat -- a new contingent of young North Vietnamese volunteers leaving the capital to fight in the south.

    SYNOPSIS: In the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong slogans warn against the threat of United States bombing raids. Shortly after the port had been mined earlier this month, the North Vietnamese claimed houses and schools were damaged by bombing. Two Soviet merchant ships were also hit.

    At the Vietnam-Czechoslovakia Friendship Hospital, four Soviet crew members from one of the damaged ships were being treated for wounds. One of the Russian wounded was a woman. A month earlier, Moscow had protested to Washington after four merchant ships had been damaged during air strikes against Haiphong. This film was released by the North Vietnamese at the time of president Nixon's visit to Moscow.

    At the same time as the mining of Haiphong the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi was also the target for bombing raids.

    The exeat time of one raid was recorded by a North Vietnamese cameraman. Latest reports on the American war effort suggest that their retaliatory raids in North Vietnam have now reached saturation point Transport and supply networks have been so seriously disrupted that air-strikes are now aimed at preventing their repair.

    In Hanoi, the response has been to build more individual air-raid shelters. Since early April, there have been nearly six-thousand five-hundred bombing raids over North Vietnam. Targets in the vicinity of the capital this week included Hanoi's main power station.

    But the bombing has done nothing to half the flow of young North Vietnamese recruits to take part in the ground fighting. Applauded by relatives and handed bouquets of flowers, this batch left the hanoi suburb of Hoan Kiem. As they set out, they were officially told that President Nixon's war efforts had failed in the south. They were urged to fight for the unification of Vietnam.

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