Million Rwandans may have died

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KIGALI - Rebel forces squeezing Rwanda's interim government yesterday tightened the noose around the neck of its last southern holdouts and a rebel leader said one million people may have been killed in two months of carnage.

On Friday, the Rwandan Patriotic Front's Radio Muhabura quoted its chairman Alexis Kanyarengwe as saying nearly one million people had now perished in two months of civil war and tribal massacres.

The International Committee of the Red Cross took the unusual step of appealing for other aid agencies to come forward to help hundreds of thousands of Hutus fleeing the rebel advance into the south- west of Rwanda. The Tutsi- dominated RPF has captured two-thirds of the country in the past eight weeks. Reuter