• Short Summary

    IN THE SUBURB OF BAB EL OUED, ALGIERS, ALGERIA, A STRONGHOLD OF THE OAS (ORGANISATION OF THE SECRET ARMY) MARCH 23, FORCES OF THE FRENCH ARMY HAVE ALMOST COMPLETELY ENCIRCLED THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO BRING THE TERRORISTS TO ORDER.

  • Description

    IN THE SUBURB OF BAB EL OUED, ALGIERS, ALGERIA, A STRONGHOLD OF THE OAS (ORGANISATION OF THE SECRET ARMY) MARCH 23, FORCES OF THE FRENCH ARMY HAVE ALMOST COMPLETELY ENCIRCLED THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO BRING THE TERRORISTS TO ORDER.

    ALTHOUGH THE SUBURB HAD AN AIR OF COMPARATIVE CALM, EVERYWHERE COULD BE SEEN SIGNS OF THE RECENT STREET BATTLES. SMASHED WINDOWS, WRECKED CARS, BROKEN TREES AND WALLS PITTED WITH GUNFIRE WERE EVIDENCE OF THE BITTER FIGHTING. AMBULANCES AND MEDICAL WORKING WENT ABOUT THEIR TASKS OF TREATING THE WOUNDED.

    NEAR THE OUTSKIRTS OF BAB EL OUED LIES THE MOSLEM QUARTER. AROUND THE PERIMETER, FLN FORCES, WEARING ARM BANDS BEARING THE ALGERIAN COLOURS, EXERCISE A STRICT CONTROL ON CARS LEAVING AND ENTERING THE QUARTER. THIS CONTROL OF TRAFFIC IS TO STOP OUTRAGES IN THE QUARTER FROM VEHICLES LOADED WITH PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES.

    ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE SEIGE OF BAB EL OUED (MARCH 24), 3,000 EUROPEANS OBEYED THE ORDERS OF THE OAS AND ATTENDED A CEREMONY AT THE WAR MEMORIAL IN THE CITY CENTRE TO HONOUR EUROPEANS KILLED IN THE PREVIOUS DAY'S GUN BATTLE IN THE SUBURB WHICH ABOUT 20 CIVILIANS AND 12W TROOPS DIED. THE STEPS WERE HEAVILY GUARDED BY POLICE AND TROOPS, WHO ALLOWED A SMALL GROUP THROUGH TO LAY WREATHS.

    BY MARCH 25, BAB EL OUED WAS CRIPPLED BY THE FRENCH FORCES, WHO HAD SUCCESSFULLY CUT OFF SUPPLIES OF FOOD TO THE SHOPS. AFTER SUPPLIES RAN OUT, EUROPEANS OUTSIDE THE SUBURB BOUGHT CRATES OF TINNED FOOD AND POWDERED MILK AND PASSED THEM TO THE PEOPLE IN THE BESIEGED AREA. THEY ALSO PASSED IN FLOWERS IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO HAD DIED IN THE FIERCE FIGHTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE3SLGL9C41S0M9UNL1XP8BKRW
    Media URN:
    VLVAE3SLGL9C41S0M9UNL1XP8BKRW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:07:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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