Attackers believed to be Rwandan soldiers invaded a Rwandan refugee camp Saturday in neighboring Zaire, killing at least four people, wounding hundreds and setting off a stampede of more than 200,000 people.
Fleeing refugees told aid workers that shells landed inside Kibumba camp and along their escape route south to Goma, Zaire. The camp hospital was burned.
"It's tragic, appalling. We have a human river 25 kilometers (15 miles) long from the camp south to Goma," said Panos Moumtzis, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
More than 50 wounded refugees, soldiers and civilians were being treated in the Goma hospital. Field officers for the U.N. agency reported seeing four bodies but added that those in flight said dozens, possibly hundreds, had been killed.
The assault was part of a spreading series of small wars fueled by a power struggle between Hutus and Tutsis.