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Zaire Conflict #498907

NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 21, 1978
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(Studio) Conflict between Belgians and French in rescue efforts in Zaire noted; chgs. by Belgians against French and French denials reported Other reports that Zairian soldiers, high on drugs, have killed refugees stated. 1st of refugee planes lands in Brussels, where king and queen of Belgium greet evacuees.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Kolwezi, Zaire) Situation in Kolwezi, now occupied by Belgian troops, described; flight from city of most residents noted. Killing of rebel commander, near his Volkswagen, and discovery of plans for attack on and capture of Kolwezi among his papers mentioned. Evacuation of European residents to Kamina detailed. Experiences related by many of them cited. [MAN - describes situation in Kolwezi with rebels in charge of town.] Earlier evacuation of most Americans in area and accounting for most of those left behind noted. Decisions by many Belgians from Kolwezi that they won't return stated. [WOMAN - tells where she'll go now; doesn't think she'll come back to Kolwezi.]
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Brussels, Belgium) Report on arrival of refugees in Brussels. [Max SIDIS - describes experience in Kolwezi.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Accounting for all but one of Americans left in Kolwezi noted; report of 2 refugees that remaining American was killed last week stated. President Carter's statement that American involvement in Zaire is just about over mentioned; questions about extent of United States involvement reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Plains, Georgia) Details given of reports from Africa that United States operation may have been bigger than 1st announced; Pentagon refusal to give details of operation noted. President Carter's attendance at niece's wedding in Plains, Georgia, mentioned. [CARTER - thinks his authorization for help is over, barring unforeseen developments.] State Department refusal to comment on Belgian charge that French For. Legionnaires had killed Europeans stated.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

Briggs, Fred;
Jamieson, Bob;
Palmer, John;
Savitch, Jessica

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