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Kosova Daily Report #1607, 98-11-09

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1607
Prishtina, 9 November 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Rugova Receives French Ambassador
  • [02] Serb Police Attacks Malisheva Villages, Three Albanians Wounded Sunday Night
  • [03] Serb Forces Pound with Fire Grabovc Village of Fush&-Kosova
  • [04] Serb Civilians Open Machine-Gun Fire in Mitrovica Area
  • [05] Redeployment, No Withdrawal of Serb Troops in Prizren Area
  • [06] Increased Serb Police Movements in Podujeva Area
  • [07] Serb Troops and Heavy Armament Deployed in Badovc, Prishtina
  • [08] Bodies of Two Serb Policemen Found near Malisheva
  • [09] Albanian Tortured for Failing to Communicate with Police in Serbian

  • [01] President Rugova Receives French Ambassador

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova Dr. Ibrahim Rugova received today Mr. Stanislas Filliol, Ambassador of France, and Gerard Fauveau, First Secretary in the French Embassy in Belgrade, to discuss the situation in Kosova.

    The situation continues to be grave and volatile amidst a heavy presence of the Serbian military and police in Kosova, Rugova said.

    "These forces have been hampering the return of the displaced Albanian population to their homes", he added.

    A speedy deployment of the OSCE and NATO verification missions in Kosova would have an impact in the situation in the country and help alleviate the humanitarian situation, President Ibrahim Rugova said.

    The full implementation of the international community's demands on Kosova would contribute to the creation of an appropriate environment for a negotiated settlement to the Kosova issue, Rugova concluded.

    [02] Serb Police Attacks Malisheva Villages, Three Albanians Wounded Sunday Night

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - Albanian villages around the small town of Malisheva in central Kosova came under heavy Serb forces fire on repeated occasions on Sunday evening and night, local sources told the KIC today morning.

    At around 19:30 hrs, Serb forces posted at the local police station in Malisheva as well as those in the outposts near the villages of T&rpez&, Kijev&, Llazic& and Caralluk& unleashed a heavy machine- gun attack against Albanian villages in their vicinity, the head of the LDK Information Commission in Malisheva said.

    Parts of Carralluka, T&rpeza, Kijeva and Llazica, as well as a suburb in Malisheva came under heavy fire.

    These communities were intermittently attacked during the course of lats night, he said.

    The LDK activist confirmed that at lats three Albanians were wounded in Malisheva during the last night's Serb attack, naming them as Sejdi Berisha, in his early forties, resident of Kijeva, and Jahir Mazreku (34) and Nahit Mazreku (18), both from Malisheva.

    He added that a decomposed body of a man was found today at a location called "P&rnica" near Malisheva. His identity could not be established as the corpse was pretty much decayed.

    Meanwhile, the Prishtina-based Serb regime-run Media Center said today that the Serb police station came under severe attacks by armed Albanian groups on Sunday. Four grenades hit the police station, it said. There was no word on casualties.

    [03] Serb Forces Pound with Fire Grabovc Village of Fush&-Kosova

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - The village of Grabovc, 18 km north-west of Prishtina, was pounded again from a Serb forces base near the village, the LDK Information Commission in Fush&-Kosova (Kosovo Polje) said.

    Grabovc continues to be under a virtual Serb siege for four months now, the head of the commission said. Besides at a huge base at "Te k&rshat", Serb forces have been dug in in at least two other places near the village.

    Only a few elderly people who found themselves holed up in Grabovc are residing in the village. The displaced population is reluctant to return as long as their houses are within the range of Serb gunmen in the area.

    The LDK activist said that firearm shooting was heard last evening in the mining town of Bella^evc. He could not specify whether there were any clashes or possible casualties.

    [04] Serb Civilians Open Machine-Gun Fire in Mitrovica Area

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - For three hours on Sunday, from 20:30 through 23:30, armed Serbs in plain clothes in "Tuneli i Par&" suburbs of Mitrovica opened automatic and machine-gun fire in the direction of the outlying Albanian villages, the LDK Information Commission in Mitrovica reported.

    Roofs of a number of Albanian in the village of Rek& were reported hit and damaged, whereas the residents were forced to flee their homes and spend the night rough in the open, LDK sources said.

    A local Serb, Goran Miljkovic, notorious for his provocative behavior towards the Albanians, opened machine-gun fire for an hour in the Kroi i Vitakut suburb on the night of Saturday, they added.

    [05] Redeployment, No Withdrawal of Serb Troops in Prizren Area

    Movement of Albanian population in the countryside restricted

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - There has been no withdrawal of Serb forces form the Prizren area. There has been only a redeployment of such troops which have been illtreating Kosova Albanian citizens, the LDK chapter in Prizren said.

    Serb military troops have been deployed and dug in for a month now in the village of Planej& of the Hasi region. The Serb army has usurped three local Albanian businesses and the building of the "V&llez&rit Frash&ri" elementary schoolhouse in the village. The village population has had its movement hugely restricted.

    Serb police troops have been patrolling the Prizren-Prishtina highway, especially the road between Duh&l and Shtimje.

    A Serb police expedition, deployed in the village of Piran&, has been reported illterating Albanians in the village of Zojz and elsewhere in the region along the Drini river.

    Meanwhile, sources said Serb military forces surrounded and sealed off today at 10 a.m. the villages of Dedaj and Lugisht& of Hasi region. People were not allowed access to the area, LDK sources said.

    The Albanian residents of Dedaj village were assembled near the elementary schoolhouse today, whereas Serb forces prevented the buses from commuting in the area.

    [06] Increased Serb Police Movements in Podujeva Area

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - There has been a stepped up movement of Serb police forces in the northern municipality of Podujeva, local sources said.

    The Podujeva LDK chapter said 20 Serb policemen on board two APCs went to the P&rpellac village, bordering on Serbia. They stayed there for an hour, and opened firearms and threw tear gas. On their way back, they passed through the villages of Dumnic&, Llaush&, Baj^in& and Letanc.

    A similar police expedition travelled the Podujeva-K&rpimeh roadway today (Monday), LDK sources said.

    [07] Serb Troops and Heavy Armament Deployed in Badovc, Prishtina

    PRISHTINA, Nov (KIC) - A long mechanized convoy of Serb forces was seen heading today morning for the Badovc village, north-south of Prishtina. Local villagers said the Serb police were stationed in the old neighborhood of the village, near the Badovci lake.

    Witnesses told the KIC that other Serb forces were seen moving in the direction of Badovc later today (Monday).

    [08] Bodies of Two Serb Policemen Found near Malisheva

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - The bodies of two Serb policemen, Ilija Vujosevic (1950) and Dejan Djatlova (1975), who were reported kidnapped on Friday, were found today near Malisheva, the Media Center, a mouthpiece of the Serb occupation authorities in Kosova reported.

    The two Serb policemen were apparently killed with fire-arms, the Serb center said.

    [09] Albanian Tortured for Failing to Communicate with Police in Serbian

    PRISHTINA, Nov 9 (KIC) - An 18-year-old Albanian, Bekim Hoti, resident of Rogova village of Gjakova, was beaten up brutally by the Serbian police because he failed to communicate fluently in Serbian with them.

    Bekim Hoti said he was halted Sunday at a police checkpoint at Krusha e Vog&l village near Prizren, where he was tortured for over half an hour. Another Albanian, whose identity has not been reported, was beaten there under the same pretext.

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