GENEVA, Feb 1 (AFP) - Up to 20,000
inhabitants of the Chechen capital Grozny, many of them ill and elderly,
are hiding out in dark basements without electricity or food, a spokesman
for the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.
About 2,100 Chechens, including 300 from
Grozny and its suburbs, left Chechnya on Monday and entered the neighboring
republic of Ingushetia, said Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commission
for Refugees (UNHCR).
Those fleeing Grozny reported that the
Chechens and Russians who remain in the beseiged city include many elderly