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DATE AND07) OFAIGON, Vietnam
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Source read in tho KHAN DAN andewspapers of total. pilots shot down, the NVN policy toward treatment. prisoners. He stated he has learned froa a friend of the existenceecret hospital in HANOI for the treatment, prisoners of war.
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said he had read the NVN newspaoers NHAN DAN and QUAN DOI in January or hat neat of the pilots captured5 were MajorsColonels, while6 eojfr of the*irst. Lieutenants) most
of the pilots were shotfrc* Pr^mtc. The newspaper also gave tho names of. pilots -AiJ- iiidplaces where they were shot down.
The newspapers further stated the NVN policy. prisoners. They wero to receive double rations of food, which was the international standard, and wore not to be beaten. Most of the people in HANOI Source talked to wondered why they had to be nice to the Americans and wero angry because of the bombings and wanted to beat. prisoners. Source stated that before this policy was instituted the militia used to beat. prisoners. If this policy toward prisoners was disobeyed the person who committed the act would be criticized; if herisoner he would be condemned by the courts.
Source further stated that he had learnedriend who worked atn VTNH YEN Village that there were POW ceapspecial hospital to. prisoners, whose locations were kept secret because the populace was angry and if they knew the location they might kill the prisoners. The friend had heard about the hospital firstedical assembly held In6 at the Medical Corps Bureau, HANOI.