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Kosova Daily Report #1715, 99-03-09

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1715
Prishtina, 9 March 1999

First Edition: 10:00 CET
Second Edition: 17:45 CET

CONTENTS

  • [01] Serbian Forces Attack Hani i Elezit Villages, 1,500 Albanians Under Siege in Ivaj&
  • [02] President Rugova Receives Turkish Ambassador
  • [03] Serb Shelling of Vushtrri Villages Continues
  • [04] Houses of a Family Compound in Shallc Village Reported in Flames
  • [05] Serbian Military Launches Artillery Attack against Kotlin& and Pustenik Villages, Southeastern Kosova
  • [06] Sporadic Fire in Pustenik, Smoke Billowing from Three Ka^anik Villages
  • [07] Two Albanians Kidnapped in Kosova Capital Prishtina

  • [01] Serbian Forces Attack Hani i Elezit Villages, 1,500 Albanians Under Siege in Ivaj&

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - An extremely dramatic situation has been reported in a number of villages of Hani i Elezit municipality, in southeastern Kosova bordering on FYROM, as Serbian military resumed today (Tuesday) morning an attack with artillery and infantry units against the villages of Ivaj& and Pustenik.

    Over 1,500 Albanians have found themselves under siege in the village of Ivaj&. They, both local people and refugees from neighboring villages, cannot reach out to safety, while Serb tanks and troops are pounding the village and closing in on it.

    A local LDK activist, speaking to the KIC on the phone, called for the OSCE verification mission to step in, so as to save the population, most of whom women, children and elderly, who are afraid the Serbs may massacre them.

    Reports said Serbian forces have destroyed and torched some 100 Albanian houses in the villages they have attacked and overrun in the past few days.

    [02] President Rugova Receives Turkish Ambassador

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova received today in Prishtina Mr. Ahmet Acet, Turkey's Ambassador to Belgrade, to discuss the most recent developments in Kosova and the consultations of political forces on the Rambouillet Accords for Kosova in the run-up to the resumption of negotiations on an interim settlement.

    Rugova said the situation in Kosova continued to be grave and dangerous amidst the unrelenting Serbian military and police actions in separate parts of the country. He pressed for urgent pressure on Belgrade to bring an end to its offensive operations against the people of Kosova.

    Regarding the Accords negotiated last month at Rambouillet, France, President Rugova said most of the political forces and the people of Kosova approve the deal and press that its implementation, once it is concluded, be carried out by NATO troops.

    The Turkish diplomat, Ahmet Acet, said his government was supportive of the Rambouillet agreement and expressed his hope it would be signed soon.

    [03] Serb Shelling of Vushtrri Villages Continues

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - Serbian forces stationed at Druar ('Drvar') village were shelling Albanian villages at the foot of the ^i^avica massif, local LDK sources told the KIC earlier in the day today.

    A column of Serbian military, including tanks and other combat equipment, left the village of Bukosh heading towards Mihaliq village today morning.

    In the wake of the recent Serbian military offensive in the area, only a few elderly Albanians remain in their homes in some of the villages, sources said, giving the names of some of them.

    A paralyzed Albanian, Ramadan S. Zeneli (78), died two days ago in his home village of Resnik. He could not leave the village during the Serbian crackdown there.

    The village of Brusnik was shelled yesterday, sources said, adding that Serbian forces occupied the house of Bislim Shaqiri there.

    Meanwhile, sources said Serbian military personnel occupied Albanian houses in Pir^ village of Mitrovica yesterday.

    Hundreds of Albanians have fled their homes, leaving behind everything, including their livestock.

    Fresh Serbian military and police forces have been reported arriving in the Mitrovica area from Serbia in the past couple of days.

    [04] Houses of a Family Compound in Shallc Village Reported in Flames

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - Local LDK sources told the KIC by phone at 15:00 CET today the houses of a family compound of Shallc village were in flames at the time, adding that many Serbian armored vehicles were involved in shooting there.

    Smoke was billowing also from the houses of the Kollari family compound at Brusnik village of Vushtrri.

    The Serbian police arrested yesterday Shaban Shala (60), Aziz Mehana (52) and Lan Meha (30), all of them residents of Okrashtica village.

    [05] Serbian Military Launches Artillery Attack against Kotlin& and Pustenik Villages, Southeastern Kosova

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - The Serbian military has been pounding the village of Kotlin&, municipality of Hani i Elezit, with heavy artillery since 9:00 CET today (Tuesday), local LDK sources in Ka^anik said late afternoon today.

    At 10:20 CET, Serbian forces started shelling the village of Pustenik, also in the municipality of Hani i Elezit. There has been no immediate word on casualties.

    One U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) soldier was killed and four others wounded during heavy fighting with Serbian forces in the neighboring municipality of Ka^anik yesterday (Monday), the Albanian TV (RTSH) reported.

    Heavy Serbian military troops have been stationed just past noon today in two locations, 'Krivarek&' and 'Uji i thart&', along the Hani i Elezit- Ka^anik roadway, local LDK sources said. Two Serb military airplanes flew over the Ka^anik area today, they added.

    In the aftermath of the Serbian military and police offensive operations in Goranc& and several other villages in the municipality of Ka^anik, some 5.000 Albanians - mostly women, children and elderly - who have been driven from their homes have been assembled only one kilometer away from the Kosova-FYROM border at the Gllobo^ic& village, near the Jazhinc& border crossing, the Prishtina-based Kosova Sot daily said. The Kosova Albanian refugees have been intent on crossing over to neighboring FYROM in search of safety, but have been prevented from moving there by the Serb police.

    The Kosova Sot sources said 40 Albanians from the villages under Serbian attack crossed the border on Sunday evening.

    [06] Sporadic Fire in Pustenik, Smoke Billowing from Three Ka^anik Villages

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - In the wake of the morning's shelling by Serbian forces of Pustenik village, sporadic fire was heard in the afternoon today, local LDK sources in Hani i Elezit said.

    Smoke has been reported billowing from the Ka^anik villages of Ivaj&, Gajre and Strazh&, which have been the target of Serbian military attacks.

    Three Albanians from Goranc& village have been unaccounted for since Sunday. They have been named as Minir Berisha (70), Hetem Vila (45) and Sylejman Dermjani.

    [07] Two Albanians Kidnapped in Kosova Capital Prishtina

    PRISHTINA, March 9 (KIC) - The Serbian police abducted yesterday afternoon Adnan Maliqi (20) in Prishtina. He was driving his Golf car when he was kidnapped near the Students' Canteen in the center of the town.

    Serbian police told Adnan's family he would be released today. He was not released, though. Meanwhile, eye-witnesses have told the Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) today they had seen Adnan's car near a garbage dumping ground in Kodra e Trimave neighborhood in Prishtina.

    The CDHRF reported that another Albanian, Hajriz Kelmendi (1962), also a resident of Prishtina, was kidnapped on 5 March. He was driving his Renault 5 car, and was seen last near the Llapi mosque in Prishtina.

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