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Christmas / Saigon / Belfast #19009

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 25, 1972
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(Studio) Irony of Christmas in world's trouble spots noted.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Artificial trees replace real ones, now scarce. US servicemen, South Vietnam civilians buy trees. Orphanages feted for holiday. Military hospitals visited by gens. and wives. Roman Catholic tradition in Vietnam noted as strong enough to effect truce for day.
REPORTER: Gregory Jackson (narrator)

(Belfast, North Ireland) 3-day truce set in North Ireland. Br. troops do not relax vigilance. Shoppers searched. Parked autos destroyed as possible bomb traps. Christmas season said quietest in 3 years 676 already killed in violence. 3 day IRA (Irish Republican Army) truce ends tonight. Band plays "Joy to the World."
REPORTER: Gregory Jackson (narrator)

(Studio) 3 day cease-fire in North Ireland shattered by gunfire in Belfast and Londonderry suburb.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Jackson, Gregory;
Smith, Howard K.

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