Some 1000 Belgian troops sailed into Ostend August 27 after withdrawal from service in the Congo Republic.
Some 1000 Belgian troops sailed into Ostend August 27 after withdrawal from service in the Congo Republic. Families waited on the quayside to greet the soldiers as they disembarked from the Belgian Navy ships "Kamina", "Dufour", "De Brouver" and "Cointe".
Belgian soldiers are steadily being evacuated from the Congo as the United Nations force there increases in size. 15,000 U.N. troops are now in the country and some 2500 of these are from Chana. Recently there were several reports of assault on U.N. soldiers by Congolese as well as many cases of deliberate interference with United Nations aircraft by them at various airports in the country.
Two days of disturbances followed the withdrawal of the Belgian garrison from Albertville, key northern town of Katanga Province. The role of Mali companies - of the U.N. security force - in the troubled town was not clear but a company of Irish troops arrived August 24 to take control of the situation.