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Kosova Daily Report #1532, 98-08-25

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From: Kosova Information Center <http://www.kosova.com/>

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1532
Prishtina, 25 August 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] At Least 25 Albanians Killed in Kosova in Two Days
  • [02] Serbian Military Shells Malisheva Villages
  • [03] Three Aid Workers Die as Serb Shell Hits Relief Car
  • [04] Serb Offensive against Suhareka Villages Escalates
  • [05] Many Arrested in Rugova Region in the Wake of Serb Attack
  • [06] 11 Albanians Buried, Only Two Identified, in Gjakova Today
  • [07] Heavy Detonations Heard Coming from Kosova-Albania Border Area
  • [08] Serbs Burn to the Ground Tens of Houses of Albanians in Lipjan

  • [01] At Least 25 Albanians Killed in Kosova in Two Days

    PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - The latest Serb offensive in Kosova, mainly in central and south-west parts, has left at least 25 dead Albanians and many other wounded, the Prishina-based Bujku newspaper said today.

    Since last weekend, the Serb troops have unleashed a huge offensive against Albanian villages and towns in the municipalities of Gllogovc, Lipjan, Shtime, Suhareke, Malisheva and Gjakova.

    Bujku noted that many victims were children, women and elderly persons, who found themselves trapped in their villages under Serb fire.

    The Serb attacks extended to areas that were not directly affected in the six month-old offensive, including the Rugova region in the in west of Kosova, and many villages in the Lipjan municipality, close to the Prishtina airport.

    At least 50 villages across Kosova have been attacked, a large number of houses, destroyed or/and burned by the Serb troops over the past three days, making thus more people homeless and refugees, Bujku said.

    The newspaper noted that one Albanian died from Serb police torture during this past weekend, being he the fourth Albanian to have died in Serb custody in two weeks.

    [02] Serbian Military Shells Malisheva Villages

    PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - Around 14:00 hrs today (Tuesday), tens of Serb military tanks deployed in Malisheva and Banj& opened fire in the direction of the villages of the municipality of Malisheva, the local LDK Information Commission said.

    It did not mention the villages by name, but added that the population in the attacked area took to flight in search of safety.

    Another source told the KIC the village of Banj& was in fact being shelled at 14:00 hrs.

    Meanwhile, a local LDK activist told the KIC Serb tanks were heading towards the village of Ngucat. At 13:00 hrs they were visible, only a few kilometers away.

    The population of tens villages of Suhareka and Lipjan had found refugee in the village of Ngucat in the wake of the Serb attacks against their respective communities, the activist concluded.

    [03] Three Aid Workers Die as Serb Shell Hits Relief Car

    PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - Three Albanians died, and one was wounded when their tractor carrying humanitarian relief supplies to people in need was hit by a Serb shell near Balinca village of Malisheva on Monday afternoon, local LDK sources said.

    They named two victims as Hajriz Morina (26) and Adem Morina, both from Drenovc village. The name of the third Albanian who died on the spot and another one who was wounded have not been made knownw yet.

    For over two hours on Monday (14.30- 17:00), the villages of Lubizhda, Drenoci, Carralluk&, Lladroc and T&rpez& came under heavy Serb artillery fire.

    The LDK Information Commission in Malisheva said an elderly man (his identity still unknown) as well as the children Astrit Pa^arizi (8), Neshat Pa^arizi (11), Bejtullah Pa^arizi (14) and Ferat Pa^arizi and their uncle Tafil Pa^arizi (31) were wounded yesterday in the Lubizhda village.

    [04] Serb Offensive against Suhareka Villages Escalates

    At least 8 Albanians killed, many wounded, during the last 48 hours PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - A huge Serb offensive against the Albanian community in Suhareka, unleashed last weekend, has continued unabated overnight and today morning, local sources reported.

    The town of Suhareka itself was pounded with artillery fire on repeated occasions over the past 48 hours.

    The local LDK Information Commission said the ongoing Serb attack died out for a short while late last night, to only resume today at around 8:30 a.m. The villages of Javor, Luzhnic&, Grej^evc, Bllac&, Reshtan, Pe^an and Sllapuzhan as well as some of the Suhareka suburbs are being pounded with machine-gun and artillery fire. The village of Sllapuzhan has already been leveled, the commission said.

    The LDK said it has learned the identities of another three Albanians killed during the unfolding offensive: Bahri Gollopeni (20), resident of Suhareka, Mehmet Byty^i (20), from Reshtan village, and Mehmet Lumi (24). A much higher casualty-toll is feared given the intensity of the Serb shelling.

    Sources in Suhareka reported yesterday of two Albanians killed on Sunday - Abedin Hysen Shala (65) and Shefqet Jemin Hoxha (40) - and five wounded, Vebi Abedin Shala (27), Hysnie Jemin Hoxha (f, 61), Sadije Nysret Hoxha (f, 37), G&zim Nysret Hoxha (16), Myftar Nysret Hoxha (9), all of them from Suhareka.

    The population fleeing the village under Serb attack has swelled the communities in temporarily safer areas. However, there are still many living rough in the mountains, sources said.

    At least 15,000 displaced persons have been holed up in four villages. Many of them from the neighboring municipality of Shtime have sought shelter in Ngucat village, fleeing Serb attacks which have likewise been mounted in the past three days.

    Witnesses told the KIC that after having pounded entire communities with artillery guns, Serbs have been advancing towards villages, burning and destroying everything. A witness said he saw with his eyes the Serb troops dousing with petrol and setting ablaze the house of an LDK activist, Shyqyri Ku^i, in Suhareka.

    Meanwhile, LDK sources in Suhareka reported at around noon today about two other Albanians killed today by Serbs. The brothers Behxhet Gashi (52) and Ruzhdi Gashi (41) were gunned down by Serb snipres at around 11 a.m. just outside the town of Suhareka. They were on their way to Reshtan village, where their family members were reportedly holed up.

    An Albanian woman, whose identity has not been established yet, was reported killed in Suhareka today. The woman was shot dead in her courtyard by a Serb sniper, local sources said.

    Serb troops have set ablaze many Albanian houses in Suhareka suburbs today, witnesses told the KIC.

    [05] Many Arrested in Rugova Region in the Wake of Serb Attack

    Displaced Albanians cross to neighboring Montenegro in flight PRISHTINA, Aug (KIC) - In the wake of yesterday's Serbian attack against the Rugova region's villages, in which an Albanian schoolteacher, Ram& Nik^i, native of Shtupeq i Madh, was wounded, many local residents were arrested.

    Rexhep Istref Nik^i, resident of Shtupeq i Madh; four sons and daughters of Rexhep Syl& Nik^i; Haki Husaj and his mother from Haxhaj village; Sevdije Nik^i and her 2-year-old daughter; Skender Gashi, resident of Qyshk; a woman from Llaz village, are only some of the Albanians who are known to have been rounded up by Serb forces, LDK sources in Peja ('Pec') said.

    They said Halil Met& Nik^i is feared to have been killed.

    Serb police and military, with armored cars and rocket launchers, have been stationed near the cemetery in Shtupeq i Madh village.

    Serb military and police personnel are said to have been occupied village houses, whereas the combat equipment stationed on the banks of the Bistrica River near the village of Shtupeq.

    In the wake of the shelling yesterday, the population fled their homes.

    Meanwhile, VOA Albanian Section reported today the population was crossing over to the neighboring Montenegro.

    The sound of Serb artillery fire yesterday could be heard in the Rozhaj& high lands in northern Montenegro, VOA quoted sources as saying.

    A local emergency aid organization in Rozhaj& spoke of hundreds of new arrivals from Kosova, adding that there were wounded people amongst them, who were hospitalized in the Berane hospital.

    Hundreds of Rugova families spent the night rough in the mountains, threatened by attacking Serb forces.

    The head of the Emergency Council in Rozhaj&, Ali Daci, said the Council was doing all it could to accommodate the increasing number of refugees from Kosova.

    [06] 11 Albanians Buried, Only Two Identified, in Gjakova Today

    PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - Last night, the body of yet another Albanian, 27- year old Ruzhdi Haxhia, resident of the Raushiq village of Peja ('Pec') was taken to the town morgue in Gjakova,

    LDK sources said.

    Ten other bodies had been taken to the morgue a day earlier. Only one of them, Adem Dervishi (62), native of Batusha village, was identified.

    The eleven killed Albanians, nine of them unidentified, were buried today in the town cemetery in Gjakova at the order of the Serb police.

    Meanwhile, LDK sources said during the recent Serb offensive in the Dushkaj& region, two more Albanians, Zef Gjon Krasniqi (54) and Pjet&r Tal Krasniqi (70), residents of Meq& village of Gjakova, have been killed, and their remains buried a few days earlier in the Gjakova town cemetery.

    [07] Heavy Detonations Heard Coming from Kosova-Albania Border Area

    PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - The sound of heavy detonations coming from the region of Has, in the border area with Albania, was heard in the town of Gjakova since noon today, LDK sources said.

    Further details surrounding the explosions have not been made available to the KIC.

    [08] Serbs Burn to the Ground Tens of Houses of Albanians in Lipjan

    PRISHTINA, Aug 25 (KIC) - Over a dozen Albanian villages southwest of the Prishtina Airport, in the municipality of Lipjan, have found themselves under a brutal Serb onslaught for three days now.

    A large number of houses and farmsteads in the villages of Krojmir, Shal&, Bainc&, Miren&, Qylag&, V&rshec, Leletiq, Ribar i Madh and the mining town of Magur& have been leveled to the ground, witnesses told the KIC.

    Sources in the area said today that the Serb attack launched on Sunday morning shows no sign of letting up.

    Over 60 Serb army tanks were seen heading today morning from Magura towards the villages of Shal& and Krojmir. Serb troops advanced in these two villages on Monday evening torching everything in front of them, the LDK chapter in Lipjan said.

    A least 13 houses of Albanians were burned to the ground in the Magure village yesterday afternoon. Many others were looted and destroyed.

    Serbs have set ablaze two large grain mills in the Poturovc village, estimated to be worth over 2 million DM. The proprietor of the mills is known to have greatly helped the people in need in the area, the LDK chapter said, adding that Serb civilians have been involved in these barbarous arson tactics.

    There were at least 300.000 kg of grain and flour in the storehouses of the mill before it was set afire by Serbs, local sources said.

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