• Short Summary

    There are reports that half a million citizens--more than half the population of Hanoi--have been ordered to leave the North Vietnamese capital to escape United States bombing raids.

  • Description

    There are reports that half a million citizens--more than half the population of Hanoi--have been ordered to leave the North Vietnamese capital to escape United States bombing raids.

    Leaving the formerly busy central market-places and streets almost deserted, those not actively engaged in civil defence are being evacuated from the city in trucks and buses to rural areas. This official North Vietnamese film shows of the refugees leaving.

    There have been 6,500 bombing-raids by the U.S. Command since 9th April on North Vietnam, many of them hitting targets in and around Hanoi. The Command describes the raids as retaliation against the North Vietnamese offensive south of the Demilitarized Zone, and have maintained that the targets destroyed have all been militarily relevant.

    North Vietnamese sources have repeatedly claimed civilian loss of life from the raids.

    The latest report in an intensive phase of the raids is of a strike on Sunday (21st May) against the main power station in Hanoi. The U.S. Command announced the raid on Tuesday (23 May) and said that the raid was carried out in a way that would minimise civilian casualties. They stated that a group of hand-picked pilots flew eight or nine aircraft instead of the usual 40 to 50 used on missions. "Phenomally accurate" guided bombs were used.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF3Z777T4Q7O55P2B2SFEOWOST
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3Z777T4Q7O55P2B2SFEOWOST
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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