April 18, 1994 The Kibuye Massacres. An estimated 12,000 Tutsis are killed after sheltering at the Gatwaro stadium in Gitesi. Another 50,000 are killed in the hills of Bisesero. More are killed in the town's hospital and church. April 28-29 Approximately 250,000 people, mostly Tutsi, flee to neighboring Tanzania. May 23, 1994 The RPF takes control of the presidential palace. July 5, 1994 The French establish a safe zone in the southwest corner of Rwanda.