The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 3, 1996
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INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL T RWANDA Refugees' fate In the hands of God' lutsis take control of Goma, refugees left to fend for themselves 3y The Associated Press GISENYI. Rwanda — Tutsi vebels apparently seized control Saturday of the Zairian border town of Goma following two days of fighting that scattered more than 1 million terrified refugees throughout eastern Zaire with little food and no medical assistance. Rwandan army spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Ndahiro said he had "very good information" that Goma airport was in rebel hands. Fighting in Goma died down Saturday afternoon, apparently as Zairian troops retreated from the capital of North Kivu province. Sporadic shooting continued and snipers near the lakeside border crossing prevented journalists who fled to Rwanda earlier Saturday with more than 100 foreign aid workers from re-entering Goma. Without aid workers, refugees must fend for themselves. "They are helpless. They are in the hands of God. There is no one else to help them," said Panos Moumtzis of the U.N. refugee V SAUDI BOMBING The Associated Press A Tutsi refugee girl cries as she waits to be transferred to another camp from the town of Glsenyi, about 100 miles north of Kigali, on the border with Zaire. agency. Moumtzis was among those who fled to Gisenyi from Goma, where the group spent two days lying on the floor of a U.N. building with bullets crashing through windows. A humanitarian catastrophe is developing in eastern Zaire that Sources say suspects have close ties to Iran Hezbollah denies any involvement in blast that killed 19 Americans By The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dozens of suspects detained in Saudi Arabia for the bombing of a U.S. military housing complex belong to a shadowy group inspired by Iran, Saudi security sources and Shiite Muslim dissidents said Saturday. The little-known Shiite Muslim organization Hezbollah has links with the Lebanon-based Iranian" backed group of the same name, as well as connections with Iran's close Arab ally, Syria, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity. But in a statement sent to The Associated Press, the group denied any involvement in the blast, and said it had been "subjected to a wave of arrests that includes the (group's) entire leadership." The statement predicted that authorities might try to pin the blame for the bombing on Hezbol- lah members. Other sources suggested the government was focusing on the Shiites and Iran but that majority Sunni Muslims were also among the suspects. Saudi Arabia faces home-grown opposition among Sunni activists, who are opposed to the kingdom's allegiance to the West and perceived corruption. The statement Saturday, faxed from an unknown location, said about 100 Hezbollah members had been arrested by Saudi authorities since the June 25 truck bombing that killed 19 Americans in the eastern city of Dhahran. The Washington Post quoted sources Friday as saying that the driver of the explosives-laden truck used in the bombing was among the suspects detained by the authorities. The newspaper said the authorities had obtained confessions from several suspects implicating Iran as the attack's instigator, and suggesting that Syria had advance knowledge. But security officials said the investigation still had not reached a conclusion. Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said that the probe focused on the Shiites in detention. An official announcement would be made soon, they said without elaborating. Iran has repeatedly denied any role, despite its longstanding opposition to the Saudi government. ^^ Sirloin Steak Special 8 oz. 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U.N. officials estimated at least 700,000 of the 1.1 million Rwandan Hutu refugees who lived in camps in eastern Zaire are scattered through the hills and forests along Zaire's frontiers with Rwanda and Burundi. Their numbers are swelling as Zairians from Goma and other towns in the path of advancing Tutsi rebels join the refugee tide. Some 23,000 Zairians have fled north into Uganda this week, U.N. officials said. Aid workers, he said, pulled out of Goma with "a guilty conscience." But pinned down by cross-fire, the choices were few. Refugees have enough food to last a week on half rations, said Brenda Barton of the World Food Program, speaking in Nairobi, Kenya. About 700 Rwandan Hutus and Zairians sought refuge Saturday in Gisenyi. Zaire's Tutsi insurgency began last month after local authorities ordered them off land they have lived on for generations. Tutsi villages were attacked by Zairian troops, armed Hutu refugees and tribal vigilantes. 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