FEUD ERUPTS INTO WAR BETWEEN ZAIRE, RWANDA.Byline: The New York New York, state, United States
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A simmering conflict erupted into open warfare between Zaire and Rwanda on Friday as the two countries traded heavy artillery See: field artillery. barrages. And ethnic Tutsi from Zaire, bolstered by support from Rwanda's Tutsi-led government, closed in on the key Zairian city of Goma.
The fighting this week has pushed an additional half-million ethnic Hutu refugees out of United Nations camps in Zaire, sending them wandering in a war zone that is increasingly isolated from sources of food and medicine. Zairian Tutsi fighters, at war with their government, battled for control of Goma's airport, which is a supply lifeline life·line
a. An anchored line thrown as a support to someone falling or drowning.
b. A line shot to a ship in distress.
c. A line used to raise and lower deep-sea divers.
2. for more than 700,000 refugees.
As night fell and shells illuminated the evening sky over Goma like sheet lightning sheet lightning
Lightning that appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash. , it was clear from here, on the Rwanda side, that Goma was under siege. For much of the day, the thunder of artillery and the rapid hammering of machine-gun fire echoed across the frontier, while Rwandan gunboats patrolled Goma's lake front and a line of howitzers fired into the city from the hills on the Rwandan side of the border.
There were reports from diplomats, and officials of the United Nations and other agencies that Rwandan government troops had pushed across the border into Goma.
Rwandan military officials denied again Friday that their troops had invaded Zaire. But whether Rwanda was directly involved or not, the offensive by the Zairian Tutsi has achieved what Rwanda has been longing to see for nearly two years - the expulsion EXPULSION. The act of depriving a member of a body politic, corporate, or of a society, of his right of membership therein, by the vote of such body or society, for some violation of hi's. of ethnic Hutu from refugee camps near its border, where they have been living for two years.
The local Tutsi, who come from families who have lived in Zaire for centuries, have been fighting Zairian troops for more than two weeks. The revolt started after Zairian officials disenfranchised Zaire's Tutsi, stripped them of their citizenship and tried to drive them into Tutsi-led Rwanda.
As the shelling intensified Friday, streams of people were fleeing southward south·ward
adv. & adj.
Toward, to, or in the south.
A southward direction, point, or region.
south from Goma, taking what they could salvage of their households, while soldiers fought street battles with Tutsi guerrillas, the Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
Associated Press (AP)
Cooperative news agency, the oldest and largest in the U.S. and long the largest in the world. reported.
In Goma, about 100 relief workers were pinned down in a compound belonging to the Red Cross, where they were gathered in preparation for an evacuation, United Nations officials said.