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Kosova Daily Report #1576, 98-10-08

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1576
Prishtina, 8 October 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Villages near Malisheva Come under Renewed Serb Fire Thursday
  • [02] The KIC Head Enver Maloku Held for Three Hours in Police Custody, Threatened Wednesday
  • [03] Heavy Serb Forces and Arsenal Deployed in Dollc, Klina
  • [04] Serb Soldiers and Reservists Concentrated in Gllobo^ic&, Ka^anik
  • [05] Five Albanian Villages in Obiliq Municipality Virtually Sealed Off
  • [06] Repositioning Serb Troops Garrisoned in Factory Halls in Gjakova
  • [07] Serb Policemen and Soldiers Crack Down on Albanian Hamlet in Gjakova
  • [08] Over 5000 Refugees Crammed at Ngucat, Baby and Woman Die from Freeze

  • [01] Villages near Malisheva Come under Renewed Serb Fire Thursday

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - Serb forces garrisoned at Dragobil and Astrazub villages near Malisheva launched an artillery attack against the outlying Albanian villages just after midday (Thursday), local sources reported.

    The Serb attacks was concentrated on the villages of Maxharr&, Dragobil and Marali, but several shells landed in the villages Shkoz& and Janqiq, about 8 km away, the LDK Information Commission of Malisheva said. Farmhouses were hit and damaged in Maxharr& and Deragobil, the Commission said failing to tell if there were any casualties there.

    At least four villages in the municipality of Malisheva, central Kosova, have been repeatedly pounded with machine-gun and artillery fire since Tuesday afternoon.

    [02] The KIC Head Enver Maloku Held for Three Hours in Police Custody, Threatened Wednesday

    Maloku was target of an assassination attempt on 18 July 1998

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - Mr. Enver Maloku, the head of the Kosova Information Center (KIC) and editor-in-chief of the Informatori evening daily newspaper, was detained Wednesday evening by armed Serb policemen in Prishtina.

    Mr. Maloku and his co-traveller were halted in front of the Kosova National Theater At around 20:30 hrs, and were taken to a police station in town, where they were held in custody till 23:45 hrs.

    During this time, Mr. Maloku was questioned about his works, papers, photos, cassettes and other things professional that were in his possession.

    Going through audiovisual cassettes with material filmed by amateur cameramen on the ground in Kosova (showing refugees, ruined houses, killed people, etc.), Serb police/security officers were mostly inquisitive about a possible cooperation of Mr. Maloku and the KIC with Western media.

    Unformed and plain-clothes policemen were involved in the questioning. A man in plain clothes, apparently a Serb security officer, threatened Maloku and his family.

    A number of personal belongings, including his mobile computer/telephone, and stuff related to his professional journalistic work, were held up by Serb police when Enver Maloku and his companion were released at 23:45 hrs on Wednesday.

    The KIC head was told he would have to report back to the Serb security on Thursday morning to reclaim the confiscated things.

    On Thursday morning, Maloku's mobile phone was still operating and in use by Serb police. Maloku will claim his confiscated belongings through a lawyer.

    The questioning, harassment and threatening Mr. Maloku was subject to Wednesday evening can in no way be seen outside the declared policies and pattern of repression practiced by the Serb regime against professional, journalistic and political, activities of the Albanians in Kosova.

    On 18 July 1998, an unidentified gunman shot at but missed Mr. Enver Maloku in the entrance of his flat in Prishtina. The assassination attempt was condemned strongly by Kosova Albanian political and professional circles, but was not investigated by competent authorities.

    [03] Heavy Serb Forces and Arsenal Deployed in Dollc, Klina

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - On Tuesday, large Serb military and police forces equipped with heavy combat equipmant were deployed in the hillside of the village of Dollc, as well as at a location called "Kroni i hajnave".

    The arsenal included tanks, armoured cars, and rocket launchers, the LDK chapter in Klina reported.

    The Serb forces now concentrated in Dollc came from the direction of Peja and Gjakova, sources said.

    [04] Serb Soldiers and Reservists Concentrated in Gllobo^ic&, Ka^anik

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - Fresh Serb soldiers and reservists have been deployed in a Serb military outpost in Gllobo^ic&, municipality of Ka^anik, in the past couple of days, LDK sources said.

    The forces have been digging in and surveilling the terrain in key positions in the village.

    The Albanian population of the village of Gllobo^ic& lives now in fear because of the concentration of Serb troops.

    [05] Five Albanian Villages in Obiliq Municipality Virtually Sealed Off

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - Since June, the villages of Grabovc i Ep&rm, Shipitull&, Sibovc, Lajthisht& ('Leskosic') and Hamidi of the municipality of Obiliq have been under virtual siege, with the Albanian population's movement hugely restricted. Serb snipers keep everything that moves under their watchful eye, local LDK sources said.

    There has been sporadic gunfire at a location called "K&rshat e Grabocit" after the last Serb offensive. The Albanian population is fearful of returning back to their homes.

    Serb forces have continued burning property of Albanians in the village of Grabovc, and the Hajredinaj family compound fired upon, local sources said.

    Meanwhile, around 11:00 hrs today, Serb air jest flew overhead the Obiliq area.

    [06] Repositioning Serb Troops Garrisoned in Factory Halls in Gjakova

    Fresh Serb troop enter Kosova from Serbia Thursday morning

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - Since early in the morning today (Thursday) Serb police and military troops have moved in into the halls of a couple of factories in Gjakova, local sources reported.

    Serb troops as well as armament and other combat equipment were deployed in the "Modeli" furniture factory and in the halls of a brick factory in a Gjakova suburb.

    Albanian watchmen and hall-keepers in both the factories have been dismissed, the LDK chapter in Gjakova said.

    Most of the combat equipment and trucks have been take to the halls of the factories, while part of it, including artillery pieces, have been dug in or/and camouflaged in the compounds of these tow factories.

    Meanwhile, sources in Podujeva said another convoy of Serb military vehicles entered Kosova from Serbia today morning.Serb troops in 4 buses and 3 armored vehicles were seen heading in the direction of capital Prishtina this morning.

    Around 40 Serb military tanks entered Kosova from Serbia on Wednesday too.

    [07] Serb Policemen and Soldiers Crack Down on Albanian Hamlet in Gjakova

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - Heavily armed Serb policemen and soldiers cracked down brutally early in the morning today on the houses of several Albanians at Janosh hamlet near Gjakova, harassing family members and arresting at least three men subsequently.

    Ali Geci, Pjeter Geci, local villagers, and Rasim Hajdari from a village near De^an whose family had sought shelter in this village in the wake of the Serb attacks in his region, were arrested by the Serb forces.

    The LDK chapter in Gjakova said the Serb raid on Albanian homes in Janosh was excessively brutal. The Serbs smashed doors, windows and households, and brutalized family members for a couple of hours.

    The three Albanians were reported still in Serb custody by midday today.

    [08] Over 5000 Refugees Crammed at Ngucat, Baby and Woman Die from Freeze

    PRISHTINA, Oct 8 (KIC) - At least five thousand uprooted persons have crammed the Ngucat village of Malisheva, facing freezing and starvation, the Malisheva LDK Information Commission said today.

    Ham&z Shala, a local activist in Ngucat, said they had called on the Doctors of the World and the International Red Cross to assist the IDP's in the village and around it with food and medical supplies but the two agencies have been denied access there village by the Serbs forces holding several positions in the area.

    Thousands of other IDP's have been staying in other places around Ngucat village, most of them been sleeping under makeshift plastic tents. Besides IDP's from the area, many of them are from the municipalities of Gllogovc, Klina and Suahreka, the source said.

    Only two days ago, a little girl died in the refugee camping site in Ngucat because of the lack of medication.

    Sources in the neighboring municipality of Klina said that a 48- woman, Zemrije Bacaliu (48), resident of Kijeva, died on Tuesday while in an attempt to cross the Drini river. The late Zemrie Bacaliu, mother of six, was returning with her family from Zajm village where they had been sheltered for several months now.

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