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Kosova Daily Report #1580, 98-10-12

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1580
Prishtina, 12 October 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] LDK: Only a Vigorous NATO Intervention Would Save the People of Kosova
  • [02] Jezerc Village Sealed Off for Almost a Month
  • [03] Serbs Pound Albanian Communities in Malisheva
  • [04] Kosovar Refugees Walk into Minefield, At Least Two Wounded, Others Feared Dead
  • [05] Highly Volatile Situation in Prizren, Scores of Albanians Arrested and Tortured
  • [06] Police Takes Wounded Albanians Out of Surgery Clinic in Prishtina
  • [07] Convoy of Serb Forces Heads for Drenica Villages
  • [08] Serb Gunfire against Vushtrri Villages on Sunday
  • [09] Ubiquitous Serb Forces' Presence Reported in Suhareka Area
  • [10] Serb Forces Deployed in Border Area Between Kosova and Serbia

  • [01] LDK: Only a Vigorous NATO Intervention Would Save the People of Kosova

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - The Presidency of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) called "cynical" and a "propaganda stunt" the Serb regime's statements alleging Belgrade has fulfilled the demands contained in the UN Security Council Resolution 1199. Such statements are aimed at "misleading the international community and public opinion and head off international intervention".

    The Serbian regime has met none of the UN Security Council's demands, the LDK said, calling on the United States and other international factors to ensure that "an activation order for NATO intervention is issued immediately" to force Belgrade into compliance.

    Only a vigorous NATO intervention, which should strike the Serb military machinery which has been causing tragedy in the Balkans, and an immediate deployment of international peacemaking and peacekeeping troops, can guarantee protection of the people of Kosova and pave the way for a political process in pursuit of a negotiated resolution in Kosova, the LDK leadership said in a statement issued today.

    [02] Jezerc Village Sealed Off for Almost a Month

    Serb forces have reportedly slain at least 13 Albanians, wounded an unspecified number of others at the village, whose 800 residents live in the hills

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - At least 13 Albanians have been slain by Serb forces in the village of Jezerc, and a number of others wounded, during the offensive which started on 16 September, the LDK chapter in Ferizaj ('Urosevac') said.

    The village is still under Serb siege, sources said.

    Serb paramilitary forces executed amongst others an elderly Albania, Sejdi R. Halilaj, as well as slaughtered Lulzim Shaip Luta, a young man from Suhareka, who was working in the village of Jezerc.

    The number of those wounded in Jezrec is said to be high, though only four have been reported by name: Fatmir Avduli, Abdullah Sejdiu, Taf& B. Uk&zmajli and Naile R. Uk&zmajli (f).

    Serb troops have looted all the Albanian houses and burned at least 100 of them. The local elementary school has been burned too.

    Halit B. Biba is reported to have been abducted by Serb forces.

    Around 800 Albanian residents have remained behind in Jezerc, now living in the hills, without shelter, food and medication, LDK sources said.

    A similar situation has been reported prevailing in the villages of Nerodime e Ep&rme and Nerodime e Poshtme villages. Serb forces have looted and burned over 100 Albanian farmhouses in the two villages, sources said.

    [03] Serbs Pound Albanian Communities in Malisheva

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - Albanian communities in some parts of Malisheva were pounded with artillery and machine-gun fire during the past weekend, the Malisheva LDK chapter said today.

    The local school building in Bubavec village was burned down yesterday (Sunday) when the village came under Serb fire. Several houses were burned in Drenoc village, it added.

    The Information Commission in Malisheva circulated today an account on the material damage caused in the municipality during the Serb offensives during the last spring and summer months. 45 farmhouses were burned down in Balinc& village, 130 in Bubavec, 50 in Pllo^ic&, 65 in Mle^an, 30 in Kijeva, 30 in Drenoc, 25 in T&rpez& e Ul&t, 40 in Carralluk&, 63 in Llap^ev&, and 2 houses in Rud village.

    Scores of houses and shops have been burned in the small town of Malisheva. School buildings, religious shrines and other common buildings of communities were burned or damaged, too, LDK sources said.

    The Commission described the situation in the area as highly critical, with thousands of homeless people and an increased Serb police presence.

    Four persons - two children, a woman and a man - staying in camping sites or half-ruined houses, died in the area during the past week alone. Thousands have been sleeping under home-made plastic tents, or houses without doors and windows.

    Sources on the ground said Serb forces have been digging in in many key positions around Malisheva villages. Serbs have been camouflaging in locations that cannot be seen by foreign observers.

    An exceptionally huge arsenal of weaponry has been hidden around the Sferk& e Gashit village in the neighboring municipality of Klina, local activists said.

    [04] Kosovar Refugees Walk into Minefield, At Least Two Wounded, Others Feared Dead

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - At least two Kosovar refugees were wounded when they walking into a minefield near the Kosova-Albania border on Saturday evening, the Prishtina-based Bujku newspaper said.

    The newspaper said the incident occurred near Bogaj village in Hasi region, western Kosova, when a group of Kosovars attempted to cross into neighboring Albania.

    The two wounded people were taken to the Kuk&s town hospital (Albania). Bujku quoted survivors as saying they suspected at least two refugees died at the spot, but they could not return and confirm it.

    During the past ten days, at least five similar incidents in minefields planted by Yugoslav army, were reported in the Hasi region, Bujku concluded.

    [05] Highly Volatile Situation in Prizren, Scores of Albanians Arrested and Tortured

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - Sources in Prizren municipality said the situation in the area continued to be highly volatile, especially in the villages and hamlets in the border area, where the local population has been going through daily campaigns of intimidation and reprisals by Serb troops.

    Serb forces have been repositioning in the area and garrisoning in villages that were not badly affected by Serb offensives earlier, the LDK chapter in Prizren said today. Heavy Serb troops have been deployed today morning in the compounds of the local school in Vlashnje village. Several teachers and pupils were harassed, when Serb soldier intruded into classrooms.

    Serb forces went today morning to the villages of Romaj&, Dedaj, Lugisht& and Kushnin, in the Hasi region, and told local villagers to surrender all their weapons they allegedly posses, or risk harsh reprisals within two days.

    Similar threats were issued over the past days to the residents of Konjush and Mazrek. Scores of Albanians have been arrested and beaten up, sources said.

    The following local residents have been reported arrested in Mazrek: Mon Karavidaj, Osman Jahaj, Kadri Jahaj, Sali Hameli, Qazim Karavidaj, Selim Karavidaj, G&zim Karvidaj, Deli Kravidaj Gani Karavidaj.

    Destan Kravidaj, Shqiptar Karavidaj, Halil Jahaj, Ilir Jahaj, Shaqir Hameli, Shemsedin Jahaj, Zenun Kravidaj, and Kadri Karavidaj were released after having been beaten up brutally in a meadow near their village.

    In the village of Konjush, Serb police arrested Muharrem ^unaj, Sali ^unaj, Avdullah ^unaj, Mehmet ^unaj, Dull& ^unaj, Mon ^unaj, Muharrem ^unaj and Sali ^unajn. They were all reported still in Serb custody today morning, the LDK Information Commission in Prizren said.

    [06] Police Takes Wounded Albanians Out of Surgery Clinic in Prishtina

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - Seven wounded Albanians, were taken out of the Surgery Clinic in Prishtina, sources from the Serb-run hospital said.

    Gjok Ndrecaj, Arb&r Spahiu, Bislim Bislimi, Avdi Krasniqi, and three other unnamed Albanians, were taken by the Serb police out of the hospital. The police said it would have them taken to the Lungs Clinic.

    Serb police has been closely watching, and even harassing and physically ill-treating the wounded Albanians while in the Surgery Clinic, sources said.

    [07] Convoy of Serb Forces Heads for Drenica Villages

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - Fresh Serb forces headed for Drenica villages today morning, local sources said.

    The Serb convoy consisted of 30 Serb military vehicles, tanks, armored cars, and lorries, which left Mitrovica for Skenderaj and arrived in Likoc and Mak&rmal villages, the local chapter of the Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) said.

    It seems like these Serb forces have been digging in at a location called Stublin&, which is situated between Likoc and Mak&rmal.

    The sound of heavy guns was being heard coming from the direction of A^arev& village at 10 o'clock in the morning today, the CDHRF in Skenderaj reported.

    [08] Serb Gunfire against Vushtrri Villages on Sunday

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - Virtually all day long on Sunday, Serb forces opened fire in the direction of the villages of Bivolak, Strofc and Gllavotin, local LDK sources reported.

    It was Serb forces stationed at Prilluzh& village that targeted the three Albanian villages, the LDK chapter in Vushtrri ('Vucitrn') said.

    [09] Ubiquitous Serb Forces' Presence Reported in Suhareka Area

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - LDK sources reported a stepped up presence of Serb military and police forces in the municipality of Suhareka.

    A highly tense situation was reported in the town of Suhareka today (Monday) morning, with Serb forces roaming the streets, and patrols halting cars and bystanders everywhere.

    Two Serb helicopters landed near the Ballkan hotel and the elementary schoolhouse. Albanians had to discontinue classes.

    The movement of the villages of Reshtan and Samadraxh& is heavily restricted by Serb forces stationed there. A number of local people have been illtreated by them.

    LDK sources said 22 Albanians, mostly young people, have been abducted in the village of Mohlan, which has been sealed off for three weeks now.

    Meanwhile, sources said the following persons were rounded up by Serb forces on 9 and 10 October: Jusuf Gashi, local LDK organization's head, the brothers Ahmet, Fadil, Haxhi, Elmi and Safet Gashi, the brothers Asllan, Hysni and Bafti Gashi, as well as Reshat Gashi, Alush Kabashi, Besim Kabashi, Jetish Kabashi, Liman Kabashi and Rushit Kabashi, all of them residents of Mohlan.

    The body of Lulzim Shaip Luta (18) from Suhareka, killled by Serb forces in Jezerc village of Ferizaj, has been identified these days. He had been there to work in his family property.

    [10] Serb Forces Deployed in Border Area Between Kosova and Serbia

    PRISHTINA, Oct 12 (KIC) - Serb military forces with 40 vehicles have been stationed today (Monday) near the Kosovar border village of P&rpellac, northeast of Kosova, local sources said.

    Serb forces have been stationed one kilometer inside Serbian territory.

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