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Kosova Daily Report #1699, 99-02-21

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Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1699
Prishtina, 21 February 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Bodies of Two Albanians Found near Suhareka in the Wake of Serb Offensive
  • [02] Volatile Satiation in Suhareka, Serb Forces Buildup in the Are Continues
  • [03] Albanians Fear Serb Forces Retaliation Following an Unloved Killing of Two Serbs
  • [04] Body of Massacred Albanian Found at His Workplace in Prizren
  • [05] Albanian Killed in Unsolved Circumstances in Gjakova
  • [06] Serbs Store Military Equipment in Cellars of Medical Center in Vushtrri
  • [07] Serb Forces Pound with Machine-gun Fire Albanian Houses in Vushtrri

  • [01] Bodies of Two Albanians Found near Suhareka in the Wake of Serb Offensive

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - The bodies of two unidentified persons were found today (Sunday) morning near the village of Gjinovc of Suhareka, southwest of Prishtina.

    Several villages in the municipality of Suhareka came under a heavy Serb forces attack on Saturday afternoon. Besides Studen^an village which came under direct attack, mortar shells landed in several other villages in the area.

    The identity of the two Albanians and the circumstances they were killed could not be confirmed yet.

    The LDK chapter in Suhareka said the OSCE observers went today to the site where the two bodies were found.

    [02] Volatile Satiation in Suhareka, Serb Forces Buildup in the Are Continues

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - The situation has been highly volatile in the town of Suhareka, 50 km southwest of Prishtina, as well as in the villages that came under a heavy attack by Serb police and army forces on Saturday.

    Local sources reported of further buildup of Serb troops in the area today (Sunday). At around 9:10 CET, Serb/Yugoslav forces in over a dozen armored vehicles and combat equipment were see moving on the Prizren-Suhareka roadway. They were reportedly garrisoned in the vicinity of Albanian settlements the area.

    The LDK chapter in Suhareka described the situations as highly volatile in the villages of Mushtisht, Studen^an, Reshtan and Samadraxha. A great part of the local population has fled homes in the wake of the Saturday's attacks and amidst threatening buildup of Serb forces.

    [03] Albanians Fear Serb Forces Retaliation Following an Unloved Killing of Two Serbs

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - The LDK chapter in Suhareka described the situation in the Mushtisht village as highly volatile in the wake of the unloved killing of two Serbs in the village.

    Bodies of two local Serbs were found Saturday morning in the Mushtisht village.

    Albanian population fears the Serb forces and armed Serb civilians might launch retaliatory campaigns in the village. The local Serbs smashed Saturday several shops owned by the Albanians in Mushtisht. In addition, they attacked a team of the OSCE verifiers and prevented them from entering the village.

    A Serb police patrol opened fire Saturday on the Albanian farmhouses in the Recan village.

    At around 14.25 CET today, the LDK chapter in Suhareka reported of an rapid buildup of Serb police forces in the town. Heavily armed Serb policemen have been maltreating virtually every single passerby in the streets.

    [04] Body of Massacred Albanian Found at His Workplace in Prizren

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - The massacred body of Hamdi Likaj, 52, resident Krajk village of Prizren, was found Saturday afternoon in the premises of "Betonjerka" firm near the Drini River banks.

    The LDK chapter in Prizren said the late Albanian left his house on 18 February and never returned back home. The family members went Saturday to look for him at Betonjerka plant were he had worked as a caretaker, finding his mutilated body.

    The family informed the verifiers of the OSCE Kosova Verification Mission in Prizren about the case.

    There has been no word about the way he was killed.

    [05] Albanian Killed in Unsolved Circumstances in Gjakova

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - A 25-year-old Albanian, Arben Saliuka, was killed Saturday evening in Gjakova by unidentified gunmen.

    The LDK chapter in Gjakova said Arben Saliuka was gunned down with automatic fire in his courtyard in Gjakova, at around 22:00 CET last evening.

    [06] Serbs Store Military Equipment in Cellars of Medical Center in Vushtrri

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - Huge amounts of military equipment were reported stored in the cellars of the medical center in Vushtrri ('Vucitrn') during the past two days.

    The LDK chapter in Vushtrri said military facilities were brought from midnight until morning hours on Friday night in the medical center and were hidden in the halls and cellars.

    Sources in Vushtrri said Serbs removed today equipment from police cadets school in the town, taking them to unknown destination.

    Lorriloads of miliary equipment have been noticed moving on the road in several other parts of Kosova during the past two days.

    [07] Serb Forces Pound with Machine-gun Fire Albanian Houses in Vushtrri

    PRISHTINA, Feb 21 (KIC) - From 20:45 through 21:00 hrs on Saturday evening, Serb army and police forces opened fire toward the Cakaj extended families in Stanovc village of Vushtrri ('Vucitrn').

    The LDK chapter in Vushtrri said the Serb soldiers were seen this morning in the scene where from the village was fires onto, collecting fired casting on the ground.

    There has been no immediate word about possible casualties in the village. The LDK said it could not learn if the Serb forces were attacking someone in particular or were only involved in provocative shoot-outs.

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