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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rwanda: No Mass Flight

GENEVA () -- United Nations aid workers have expressed relief that a new mass flight of refugees from Rwanda to Zaire has not materialized, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

"We know ... that the situation remains extremely sensitive in the entire region, but we're not facing a Goma-like situation in Bukavu as some had feared," Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told a news briefing, adding that a stream of Rwandans leaving the southwest of the country appeared to be drying up.

UN officials had feared that the withdrawal of French troops from the southwestern "safe area," which ended Monday, could be followed by an exodus to the Zaire border town of Bukavu of hundreds of thousands of refugees