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Kosova Daily Report #1435, 98-05-20

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1435
Prishtina, 20 May 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] WEU Recommends Contingency Plans for Intervention in Kosova
  • [02] Serb Forces Resume Shelling Villages in Gjakova and De^an
  • [03] Body of Albanian Found in Rahovec Suburbs
  • [04] Four Albanians Arrested on the Train Released Late Tuesday
  • [05] Increased Movements of Serb Forces in Gllogovc Municipality
  • [06] Armed Serb Civilians Intimidate Schoolchildren at Strezofc of Kamenica
  • [07] Albanian Political Prisoner Ill-treated in Serb Prison at Sremska Mitrovica
  • [08] Police Orders Bus Driver to Run Over an Albanian in Klina
  • [09] Serb Police Target Albanians Wearing National Hat
  • [10] Three Albanian Private Shops Set on Fire in X&rx&

  • [01] WEU Recommends Contingency Plans for Intervention in Kosova

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - The Assembly of the ten-nation Western European Union (WEU) recommended on Tuesday in Paris making contingency plans for European intervention in Kosova.

    The WEU assembly, with only a consultative role, voted to ask EU's military wing's planning unit to ``prepare a set of options for possible European intervention in Kosovo.'' A report by the WEU Assembly report dismissed Milosevic's claim that Kosova was an internal issue of Serbia or 'FRY'.

    Meanwhile, unidentified sources from Brussels indicated Tuesday NATO was planning the deployment of a military presence, ranging from 7.000 to 20.000 troops, in northeastern Albania along the border with Kosova.

    [02] Serb Forces Resume Shelling Villages in Gjakova and De^an

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - Gunfire and artillery shooting was reported during the course of last afternoon and evening in several villages of Gjakova and De^an, municipalities in western Kosova bordering on Albania.

    The LDK Information Commission in Gjakova said villages adjacent to the border on Albania were intermittently shelled on Tuesday by Serb forces dug in in the area for weeks now. The village of Morina, in particular, came under fierce fire in the evening hours. Damage was caused in several houses in the village, whereas the one of Ismet Dauti was burned down entirely.

    The neighboring village Stublla was likewise shelled yesterday at around 19:00 hrs. The house of a local Albanian, Dem& Kadria, was burned to the ground. Both Morina and Stublla village came under renewed Serb fire today morning the LDK chapter in Gjakova said.

    The situation in the town of Gjakova itself has been reported tense. Serb police and army have been building in along the roads leading to villages at the border area, limiting to the minimum the circulation of people.

    I addition, the Serb police have been preventing any humanitarian relief from entering the town and the area sealed off by Serb forces. On Tuesday, the Serb police confiscated a huge shipment of humanitarian relief in Gjakova. Four truck with food and hygienic supplies were not allowed to drive to the Mother Teresa warehouse in the town but were forced to unload in a students dormitory housing Serbs refugees.

    Meanwhile, sources in the neighboring municipality of De^an said gunfire and artillery was heard again last night at villages Baballoq and Grama^el.

    The two villages have been intermittently shelled by Serb forces for weeks now, as well as during the last weekend.

    Albanian houses in Grama^el and Baballoq were shelled on several occasions during the last night from the Serb positions around the villages.

    Gunfire was also heard at around 20:00 last evening in Carrabreg village. A Serb forces convoy in armored vehicles opened fire on the houses in Carrabreg and other villages it drove through, sources, the LDK Information Commission in De^an said.

    No casualties were reported.

    Meanwhile, sources in Gjakova said village on the border area - Ponashec, Morina, Smolica and Pepoc - came under fierce fire today (Wednesday).

    At Ponashec village, the few houses that remained un-fired, are in fire, the LDK Information Commission in Gjakova said.

    [03] Body of Albanian Found in Rahovec Suburbs

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - The body of an Albanian, in his forties, was found today in the suburbs of the small town of Rahovec ('Orahovac').

    The LDK Information Commission said he was identified as Ymer Delibeqa, resident of Rahovec, father of four.

    The body was spotted by chance passers-by.

    A shovel, a hoe and a plastic bottle with water were lying near the body, sources said.

    While the circumstances of his death remain unsolved, it is supposed he was going back home from work in the fields.

    [04] Four Albanians Arrested on the Train Released Late Tuesday

    The fate of four others remains unknown PRISHTINA, May 29 (KIC) - Serbian police abducted Tuesday 8 Albanians on a passenger train commuting between the town of Peja ('Pec') and Kosova capital Prishtina, LDK sources in Klina reported.

    Around 200 Serb policemen intervened from 12:20 through 13:10 at a train station at Pograxh& village, sealing off the train, searched all cars. They forced 30 Albanian men off the train. 22 of them were released, whereas 8 them were detained by police, eye-witnesses said.

    LDK sources in Klina said the arrested men had been sent to the Klina police station. Among them were Ymer Raci, school principal and chairman of the LDK sub-branch in Jashanica, Kajtaz Raci, teacher, Ismet D. Raci and Safet Raci, all residents of Jellovc village of Klina, who were released later in the day.

    Sources in Klina failed to provide any information about other men arrested on the train Tuesday.

    The four Albanians, who were released, were beaten severely while in police custody, and had to seek medical treatment, sources in Klina said.

    Ymer Raci, the LDK local chairman in Jashanica, was accused by the Serb police of having knowledge of the killing of a Serb postman not long ago.

    The Serb police intervention on the passenger train yesterday could be aimed at intimidating the people travel by train to western and south-west Kosova at a time the Prishtina-Peja highway has been closed to civilian traffic for more than a week now.

    [05] Increased Movements of Serb Forces in Gllogovc Municipality

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - The Serb forces shot at a civilian car driving in a remote road not far from the Prishtina-Peja highway at the Gryka e Laupshnikut, Tuesday afternoon.

    No information whether the persons(s) in the car were injured or killed could be obtained.

    The Serbian police raided offices of the political and human rights council in the town of Gllogovc, Tuesday.

    Heavy armed Serb forces stopped the train coming from Prishtina Tuesday, plundered all the goods people had purchased in capital Prishtina.

    Heavily armed Serbian forces have been patrolling on the Komaran Prishtina road routinely, shooting often in the direction of villages. The police provoked and intimidated pupils of the local primary school in Krajkov& village.

    [06] Armed Serb Civilians Intimidate Schoolchildren at Strezofc of Kamenica

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - A large group of armed Serb civilians raided Tuesday morning the schoolyard of "Idriz Seferi" primary school at Strezofc village of Kamenica.

    The armed Serbs spent two hours in the schoolyard peeking often on the windows of the school where Albanian pupils were attending classes.

    From time to time, the Serbs kept the children at gunpoint from outside the classroom windows.

    [07] Albanian Political Prisoner Ill-treated in Serb Prison at Sremska Mitrovica

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - Several weeks ago a number of Albanian political prisoners were transferred from the Dubrava prison house in Istog (Kosova) to jails in Serbia.

    Among them was the 35-year-old Raif ^ela from Mitrovica. He was transferred to the Sremska Mitrovica.

    His father Brahim ^ela, who had visited him recently, told the LDK Information Commission that his son has been kept in solitary confinement and subjected to brutal torture on several occasions.

    He has not been allowed to meet other Albanian political prisoners serving in the same prison camp, Mr. ^ela said.

    Raif ^ela served seven years for political reasons from 1984 to 1991.

    He was sentenced to 8 years in prison in 1993.

    [08] Police Orders Bus Driver to Run Over an Albanian in Klina

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - A 19-year-old Albanian, Vilson Gjoni, was tortured and threatened with killing by the Serb police in Kijeva on the Prishtina-Peja highway, the Prishtina-based Bujku newspaper said today.

    Bujku sad that Vilson Gjoni, resident of Dei^ village of Klina was forced off the bus at the Serb police checkpoint in Kijeva where he was subjected to outrageous torture. He was accused of being allegedly member of the so- called Liberation Army of Kosova (U^K).

    While lying unconscious in the street the Serb police ordered a bus driver to run over the young Albanian, but he refused doing so, Bujku said.

    [09] Serb Police Target Albanians Wearing National Hat

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - Albanian old men wearing customary hats, a signature white skullcap, have been routinely targeted and subjected to brutal ill-treatment by Serb police in the Kosova streets.

    The Bujku newspaper said in its today's edition that an old man Syl& Slivova from Jashanica village of Klina was maltreated two days ago merely for wearing the white skullcap. Quoting the local chapter of the human rights Council in Klina, Bujku said the Serb policemen ill-treated the old Albanian, trampled with boots on his hat, and wrote a '4-s' Serb sign on it.

    Another Albanian, Martin Ademi (55) from Gllogjan village of De^an was beaten brutally in Peja ('Pec') last Sunday merely for wearing the national Albanian hat.

    A Serb policeman surnamed Culafic beat Martin Ademi at the Peja bus station, inflicting him grave body injuries, LDK sources in Peja said.

    [10] Three Albanian Private Shops Set on Fire in X&rx&

    PRISHTINA, May 20 (KIC) - Unidentified persons set three Albanian-owned private shops on fire at X&rx& village of Rahovec Monday night.

    The shops of Rrustem Tha^i, Adem Shala and Lulzim Gashi, were set on fire, LDK sources in Rahovec reported.

    Several other Albanian-owned shops were looted and damaged considerably, .

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