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Kosova Daily Report #1720, 99-03-14

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

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KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1720
Prishtina, 14 March 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Rugova's Aide Denounces Serbian Criminal Acts in Podujeva and Mitrovica
  • [02] 3 Albanians Killed and 37 Wounded in Podujeva on Saturday
  • [03] Five Killed, over Sixty Injured in Mitrovica Explosion, According to LDK Sources
  • [04] Serbian Forces Shell Klina and Malisheva Villages
  • [05] Five Vushtrri Villages Shelled by Serb Forces Today
  • [06] Two U^K Soldiers Die of Wounds Received During Serb Shelling of Galic& on Saturday
  • [07] Podujeva Villages Shelled Overnight
  • [08] Gunfire Reported Overnight in Fush& Kosova, Graboc and Bella^evc
  • [09] One Albanian Killed by Unknown Gunmen in Pot&r^ i Ep&rm Village of Klina
  • [10] Body of Albanian Found in Ivaj&, Ka^anik

  • [01] Rugova's Aide Denounces Serbian Criminal Acts in Podujeva and Mitrovica

    NATO should at long last shift from political rhetoric to military action in Kosova if the Western governments are intent on creating the preconditions for a speedy political settlement in Kosova, Xhemail Mustafa says

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - The Serbian regime has been engaged in a systematic terror against the civilian Albanian population in Kosova villages and towns, Mr. Xhemail Mustafa, an advisor to President Ibrahim Rugova of Kosova, told the KIC today (Sunday). In this context should be viewed the criminal actions of urban terror in Podujeva and Mitrovica, which resulted in scores of Albanian casualties, killed and wounded people on Saturday, Mustafa said.

    Against the backdrop of "procrastination and heretofore empty threats" on behalf of the international community, Belgrade has been massing troops and armor in Kosova and stepped up its massive- scale terror and war as part of the longstanding ethnic cleansing campaign, President Rugova's aide said.

    "The fact that this terror has occurred on the eve of the second round of the Albanian-Serbian negotiations in Paris, just like it happened in Prishtina and Ferizaj at the beginning of the Rambouillet conference last month, is evidence that the Serbian regime and its secret services have been exploiting massive-scale violence and terror as an instrument to impact the course of the political negotiations on Kosova", Xhemail Mustafa told the KIC.

    The criminal acts in Podujeva and Mitrovica should ring the last alarm to the international community and NATO, Mustafa said. "They should realize that Belgrade has been imposing war and state terror as devices to solve the Kosova issue". This Serbian strategy is also evident from continued Serbian military and police offensives in separate regions of Kosova, Rugova's aide said.

    NATO should at long last shift from political rhetoric to military action in Kosova if the Western governments are intent on creating the preconditions for a speedy political settlement in Kosova, Xhemail Mustafa concluded.

    [02] 3 Albanians Killed and 37 Wounded in Podujeva on Saturday

    One Albanian shot dead, another seriously wounded by Serb snipers at the time of two terrorist attacks, bomb explosions, in the town

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - Three killed and thirty seven wounded is the casualty-toll resulting from two powerful explosions and Serb sniper fire in the town of Podujeva on Saturday.

    Nexhat Miftari, around 20 years of age, resident of Majac village, died on his way to hospital of wounds he had suffered in the explosion in Podujeva. An Albanian from Brain& village, around 60 years of age, whose identity has not been established yet, also died of wounds.

    Meanwhile, Besnik Sahit Shabani (20), was shot dead by Serb snipers in Podujeva on Saturday. He was thought initially to have died in the bombing. Eye-witness accounts, however, indicated he was shot while assisting one of the wounded. Besnik was to be buried today afternoon in his native village of Metohi.

    Mrs Adile Jupolli was also shot by Serb snipers placed on top of building in the town of Podujeva. She suffered serious wounds, reports said.

    Meanwhile, the LDK chapter in Podujeva provided the list of 35 Albanians injured in the two explosions in Podujeva. So besides Adile Jupolli, the following people were seriously and lightly wounded in the two terrorist acts in Podujeva: Afrora Fusha (f), Xhevdet S. Lepaja, Bajram Dermaku, Sahit Azemi, a 14-year old boy surnamed Sekira^a, Ibrahim Hajredini, Skender Zeneli, Latif Kajtazi, Muharrem Kajtazi, Fadil Osmani, Jusuf Osmani, Shaban Lushaku, Arif Gashi, Bilall Hyseni, Ilmi Podvorica, Nysret Qerimi, Safet Azemi, Izet Shala, Ismajl Potera, Ramadan Stublla, Avni P&rvetica, Ibrahim Osmani, Nexhmi Azemi, Rexhep Xhaka, Myrvete Hodolli (f), Remzi Mu^olli, Shukrie Berisha (f), Jusuf Jusufi, Bajram Fazliu, Jakup Visoka, Muharrem Zejnullahu, Genc Hasani, Emin Mulliqi, Berat Mirovci, Sejdi Kuleta and Mentor Bilalli.

    [03] Five Killed, over Sixty Injured in Mitrovica Explosion, According to LDK Sources

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - At least five persons were killed and sixty-six injured in the explosion at the market in Mitrovica on Saturday afternoon, according to the LDK chapter in Mitrovica.

    A suspected Golf car with a man and two women in it was seen near the market in Mitrovica at the time of the explosion, sources said.

    Of those killed, only Mrs Sevdije Selani (45), resident of Druar village of Vushtrri, has been identified so far. One woman, one child, and two men, all killed in the explosion, have not yet been identified.

    The LDK chapter in Mitrovica said the following Albanians received serious injured yesterday: Xhilite Ahmeti (f, 10), Azem Beqiri (17), Asllan Kurti (58), Sabedin Uka, Xhafer Haziri (24), Lavdim Asllani (20), Nijazi Kelmendi (24), Ragip Bajrami (50) and Antigona Ku^ani (f, 20), who have been taken to the Prishtina hospital for treatment.

    The following have been taken to the Mitrovica hospital: Af&rdita Selmani (f), Behxhet Haziri, Ganimete Latifi (f), Sabrije Strana (f), Valentina Selani (f), Sadije Musliaj (f), Fikrije (f), Safet and Ahmet Strana, Bujar Asllani, Drita Bajrami (f), Ehat Oru^i, Venera Ku^ani (f), Murat Zeka, Abit Bislimi, Syl& Hasani, Bajram Musa, Abaz Mecinaj, Fazli Latifi, Burim Lutolli, Muj& Sokoli, Ganimete Voca (f), Skender and Fetije (f) Musa, Vahedin Nici, Isa Baliu, Afan Beqiri, Syndyze Zhilivoda (f), Halil Gjafa, Halit and Afrim Sylejmani, Kujtim, Mubera (f) and Seid Rroka, Bajram and Sahit Qela, Islam Tahiri, Ganimete Latifi, Valdete Strana, and five other citizens whose identity has not been provided.

    After receiving the first aid, the following were released for treatment at home: Esat (Osman) Gllogovci (13), Musa Bajrami, Ajet Fejza (28), Luan Hasani, Arben Brahimi, Kadri Sylejmani, Muj& Halili (20), Tasim Zymeri, Sami Sadiku, Astrit Syla, Rrustem Shaqiri, Hysnije Hajredini (f) and Sali Haziri (65).

    [04] Serbian Forces Shell Klina and Malisheva Villages

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - A column of Serbian troops, consisting of over 100 military vehicles of all sorts, headed today morning towards the Sferk& area in the municipality of Klina, in central Kosova, local LDK sources said.

    The residents of the villages of Sferk&, Volljak&, Dush i Sferk&s and P&r^ev& fled their homes in fear of an imminent Serbian crackdown.

    Heavy detonations were heard in the region early today morning.

    There has been no immediate word on casualties.

    Meanwhile, an LDK activist from Malisheva reported of persistent Serbian shelling of the villages of Panorc, Rud, Llap^ev&, Sferk& e Gashit and Dush. They are being pounded from Serbian positions at 'Pishat e Volljakut' and the bauxite mines in Volljak&. Casualties are feared, the activist said.

    [05] Five Vushtrri Villages Shelled by Serb Forces Today

    PRISHTINA, March 3 (KIC) - In the morning hours today (Sunday), Serbian forces have been pounding five Vushtrri villages (Druar, Mihaliq, Be^uk, Strofc and Zhilivod&) with mortar and artillery fire, local LDK sources in Vushtrri said.

    Meanwhile, sporadic fire was targeted overnight at Pantin&, Oshlan, Gurbardh, Liqej, Balinc and Taraxh& villages of Vushtrri.

    Stepped up movements of Serbian forces in Mitrovica have been reported today, while Serb army and police troops left Bukosh for Mihaliq and Druar villages.

    Hajzer Bojku (70), resident of Druar, said he went last night to his village to learn the fate of his sick brother, Ali Bojku (62), who had remained behind when others left. Avni was no where to be found, he said. There were many burned, shelled and looted houses in the village, Mr. Bojku told the KIC.

    8Meanwhile, Serbian military and police forces advanced into the village of Stanovc i Ep&rm of Vushtrri today at 10:50 CET, and started burning houses in the Kosumi family compound, which is close to Grac&, from where Serb forces have been shelling Albanian villages in the area.

    Automatic weapons fire was reported heard in the village, too.

    [06] Two U^K Soldiers Die of Wounds Received During Serb Shelling of Galic& on Saturday

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - Four U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) soldiers were wounded on Saturday during the Serbian shelling of the village of Galic&, municipality of Vushtrri.

    Two of them died later, one of them being Sabedin Jashar Prekazi (21), resident of Vaganic& village, local LDK sources said. The other U^K soldier originated from Shal& e Bajgor&s.

    [07] Podujeva Villages Shelled Overnight

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - Last night, Serbian military and police forces shelled the villages of Lup^, Majanc, Godishnjak& and Sallabaj&, in the northern municipality of Podujeva.

    The heaviest shelling was reported from 23:00 through 23:30 CET on Saturday, local LDK sources said, adding that Serbs were pounding from their military base at Dumosh airfield.

    [08] Gunfire Reported Overnight in Fush& Kosova, Graboc and Bella^evc

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - A lot of gunfire was reported last night in the small town of Fush& Kosova, as well as in Graboc and Bella^evc villages.

    A heavy Serbian police presence has been maintained in Fush& Kosova today, local LDK sources said.

    [09] One Albanian Killed by Unknown Gunmen in Pot&r^ i Ep&rm Village of Klina

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - Nezir Halilaj (28), resident of Pot&r^ i Ep&rm village of Klina, was shot dead by unidentified persons on Friday evening, at 20:50 CET.

    Mr. Halilaj was killed in front of his shop in the village, local LDK sources said.

    [10] Body of Albanian Found in Ivaj&, Ka^anik

    PRISHTINA, March 14 (KIC) - The body of Xhemil Mulaku (39) was found yesterday near the local school in his native village of Ivaj&, municipality of Ka^anik, local LDK sources said.

    He is presumed to have been killed during the Serbian attack in the village on 9 March.

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