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ICRC NEWS N° 21/25 May 1994

Violent dashes in Kigali

Fighting between government troops and forces of the Rwanda Patriotic Front has reached a new peak of violence in and around Kigali and at several points along the front line that divides the country. The streets of the capital are so dangerous that the ICRC team on the spot can on longer move around freely.

There have been exchanges of artillery fire in me city centre, near the hospitals. The central hospital, which is treating thousands of wounded, once again came under fire on 23 May. Mortar bombs had already hit the hospital on 19 May, killing 30 patients. The number of victims claimed by the latest onslaught is not known, as delegates have been unable to reach the building. According to hospital staff, the medical facilities are unusable. Some 40 wounded have been taken to the ICRC hospital in Kigali, and on 24 May about a hundred more reached Kabgayi, where another ICRC surgical team is working. During a further attack, the compound of the ICRC delegation in the capital was hit by a rocket on 25 May. Two Rwandan employees were killed and five otter people were wounded. The delegation contacted the parties to the conflict, urging them to respect civilians, the wounded and the members of humanitarian organizations still present in Rwanda.

The ICRC delegation in Kigali has bad to suspend its food distributions in and around the capital for lack of the necessary security guarantees. The volatile military situation and the incessant movements of hundreds of thousands of fleeing civilians have made it impossible for the ICRC to launch a large-scale food distribution programme. Yet food convoys are regularly arriving in Rwanda from Uganda, and others are shortly to be dispatched from Burundi. Convoys coming in from Tanzania are still held up at the border. The ICRC had built up vast stocks of food in these neighbouring countries with a view to setting up distributions for 700,000 displaced persons.

The needs for medical, nutritional and sanitation assistance are incalculable, but the lop priority is to ensure the survival of those who have so far escaped the slaughter. Providing a measure of security for these people will be the task of me new contingents of UN troops.

Further information: Renuc Thz, ICRC Geneva
Tel. ++4122 730 2302