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THE NEW YORK TIMES, SATURDAY DECEMBER 23, 1972

Largest hospital in Hanoi Reported Damaged in Raid

Swedish Official Says North V
ietnam 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

STOCKHOLD, DEC 22 - Ha
noi'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'af
fairs in Hanoi, Eski Lundberg,
had reported by radiophone
that the 1,000 -bed Bach Mai
Hospotal had bee 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, Hean 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 be
ginning of the B-52 raids on
North Vietnam an Monday, a
third of Hanoi's hospital facili
ties had been destroyed. in
addiction, according to Mr.
Oeberg, the charge d'affaires
had said taht American bombs
had fallen in densley populated
areas, heavily damaging parts
of central Hanoi that had not
been hit before.

The Ambassador said that a
Swedish Medical aid team had
visited Bach Mai hospital two
weeks ago to determine what
equipment Sweden could sup
ply. He said that the hospital,
one of the few in HAnoi with
modern equipment, was dam
aged in an American air raid
last June. At taht 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 in
flicted on them. Previously this
information had been routinely
made public.

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

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