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THE NEW YORK TIMES, SATURDAY DECEMBER 23, 1972

Largest Hospital in Hanoi Reported Damaged in Raid

Swedish Official Says North
Vietnam Asserted People
There Had Been Killed

B-52 ATTACKS CONTINUE

U.S. Maintains Its Silence
on Details - Increased
Plane Lossses Feared

Special to The New York Times

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 22 - Hanoi's
largest hospital, one mile
west of the city center, was
damaged by American planes
early today, according to the
Swedish Foreign Minstry.

It said Sweden's charge d'affaires
in Hanoi, Eskil Lundberg,
had reported by radiophone
that the 1,000-bed Bach Mai
Hospital had been hit between
4 and 6 A.M. However, he had
not seen the hospital himself.
He said he had been called to
the Foreign Minstry in Hanoi
and told that the hospital had
been damaged and that some
people had been killed.

Mr. Lundberg, who spoke
with Sweden's Ambassador to
North Vietnam, Jean Christophe
Oeberg, now in Stockholm for
the holidays. reported that a
press party had been take to
the scene.

City Center Reported Hit

Mr. Oeberg said Mr. Lundberg
had reported that since the beginning
of the B-52 raids on
North Vietnam an Monday, a
third of Hanoi's hospital facilities
had been destroyed. In
addition, according to Mr.
Oeberg, the charge d'affaires
had said that American bombs
had fallen in densely populated
areas, heavily damaging parts
of central Hanoi that had not
been hit before.

[Map]
Black dots indicate targets struck by US. bombs, as listed in American communique.
Numbers show targets North Vietnam and diplomats have reported hit, as follows:
power plant (1), Bulgarian Embassy (2), East German Embassy (3), railroad terminal
(4), Indian Embassy (5), Cuban Embassy (6), technical institute (7), Bach Mai
Hospital (8), Gia Lam Airport (9), Haiphong port (10) and the communities of Thai
Nguyen (11) and Tan Phong (12). Not all targets could be located on available maps.

The Ambassador said that a
Swedish medical aid team had
visited Bach Mai hospital two
weeks ago to determine what
equipment Sweden could supply.
He said that the hospital,
one of the few in Hanoi with
modern equipment, was damaged
in an American air raid
last June. At that time one
building was destroyed, he
added.

command, refused - as he and
the other spokesman have since
Monday - to disclose any of the
targets that have been hit or
how much damage has been inflicted
on them. Previously this
information had been routinely
made public.

The only reports on the damage
have come from the Hanoi
radio and the handful of foreign
correspondents based in
the North Vietnamese capital,
including representatives of
Tass, the Soviet press agency,
and Agence France-Presse, the
French news agency.

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