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Kosova Daily Report #1587, 98-10-19

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1587
Prishtina, 19 October 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Serb Army Redeploys Near Podujeva, in Komoran, Skenderaj
  • [02] Albanian Killed by Serb Sniper Fire Sunday
  • [03] Serbs Open Fire in Mitrovica and Vushtrri Towns
  • [04] Serb Military and Police Step Up Movement, Deploying in Kosova
  • [05] Serb Army Plant Landmines in Prishtina Resort
  • [06] Serb Soldiers Run down 13-Year-old Albanian Girl in Mitrovica
  • [07] Wife Loses Track of Wounded Husband Taken Out of Hospital by Serbs Ten Days Ago
  • [08] Serb Soldiers Torture Albanian, Spray With Fire Farmhouses in Zhur
  • [09] Serbs Bring Charred Bodies of Two Women in Gjakova Morgue
  • [10] Infant Dies for Lack of Medical Treatment in Pagarush&
  • [11] Serb Truckloads Take Away Looted Goods from Albanian Houses

  • [01] Serb Army Redeploys Near Podujeva, in Komoran, Skenderaj

    The Milosevic regime has used international TV crews to film troops moving out, but not moving in, Kosova

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Serbian military troops were re-stationed today (Monday) at a location called 'Tabet e Llapashtic&s', between the villages of Llapashtica and Obran^&, near the northern town of Podujeva.

    Serb military forces pulled out from that area last Friday, after a two- month deployment there.

    LDK sources in Podujeva said the Serb military convoys which arrived from Prishtina consisted of around 70 vehicles, 50 of which tanks.

    It is presumed the very same forces that had pulled out Friday came back to re-take the same position threatening the 99 percent Albanian region in northern Kosova.

    Meanwhile, Reuters news agency quoted a Western diplomat as saying the Serbian ('Yugoslav') army had moved a battalion-sized task force including tanks, artillery and infantry units, into an area near Komoran.

    "I saw at least 50 vehicles moving into the Komoran area west of Prishtina, " the diplomat, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

    Belgrade has taken pains to offer TV shows of troop withdrawals from Kosova in a bid to persuade the world it is abiding by the UN Security Council Resolution 1199, as well as the deal Milosevic and Holbrooke made early last week.

    The Milosevic regime has used international TV crews to film troops moving out, but not moving in, in Kosova.

    [02] Albanian Killed by Serb Sniper Fire Sunday

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Serb snipers manning the police checkpoint at Rrezall& village of Skenderaj ('Srbica') killed yesterday (Sunday) Ali Muharrem Ahmeti, 23, resident of Rrezall&.

    The young Albanian had gone back to his home to fetch personal belongings.

    Serb snipers shot at and killed Ali Ahmeti on the spot, the local chapter of the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) said.

    The killed Albanian was buried in Tushil& village Sunday.

    [03] Serbs Open Fire in Mitrovica and Vushtrri Towns

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - For several hours Sunday night, Serb civilians opened fire in the neighborhoods of "7 Shtatori", "Kroi i Vitakut" and "Kodra e minator&ve" in the town of Mitrovica, LDK sources in Mitrovica said.

    These neighborhoods have a mixed ethnic population, Albanian and Serb.

    Meanwhile, Serb military and police forces opened sporadic fire Sunday evening in the town of Vushtrri, LDK sources said.

    The sound of gunfire could be heard today coming from the villages at the foot of the ^i^avica mountains, sources in Vushtrri said.

    [04] Serb Military and Police Step Up Movement, Deploying in Kosova

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Rather than withdrawing, as demanded by the international community, Serbian military and police forces have been stepping up their movement, repositioning and deployment all over Kosova, local sources indicate.

    In Malisheva area, in the town itself as well as in the villages of Dragobil and Carralluk&, fresh Serb troops have arrived, LDK sources said. Serb forces have been barricaded in Malisheva and in the villages of Kijev&, Bubavec, Balinc&, Llazic&, Pllo^ic&, Gurbardh, Drenoc, Carralluk&, Shkorashnik, Dragobil, Astrazub and Banj&. In some villages, Serbs have been staying in Albanian houses alongside the roads, the LDK chapter in Malisheva said.

    On Sunday evening, 80 Serb military vehicles left the Prishtina garrison and headed to Komoran area. A source in Sllatina village said a foreign organization car escorted the convoy for some time.

    Gunfire was heard Sunday evening, around 22:00 hrs, coming from the villages of Korrotic& and Sankovc of the municipality of Gllogovc, a local source said.

    There have been no signs of Serb troop withdrawals from the Fush&- Kosova area. They are concentrated at Vrell&, Pomozotin, in the Sllatina airport, but also at a location known as the Pishat e Sllatin&s.

    At midday today (Monday), seven lorries and other cars full of Serb police left Mitrovica for Skenderaj, LDK sources said. Three Serb military lorries travelled the same road at the time, they added.

    Heavy Serb military and police forces have been concentrated in the villages of Ferizaj and Ka^anik, local sources said.

    On Sunday evening, around 100 Serb tanks and other motorized vehicles were deployed in the villages of Soponic& and Semaj& of the municipality of Ka^anik, LDK sources said.

    Some forty Serb vehicles, tanks and lorries included, originating from Ferizaj arrived at Doganaj village of Ka^anik late Sunday afternoon, sources said.

    Meanwhile, a Serb military convoys passed through the town of Ferizaj today (Monday) around 11:00 hrs. Several tanks and other vehicles headed for Ka^anik. While patrolling the roads, a Serb tank run into a Renault car with the license plates UR 232-36, LDK sources said. There were no victims. The car was destroyed.

    Serb forces were heavily building up and repositioning in the region of Drenica Sunday, local sources said.

    The village of Polluzh& has been turned into a heavy Serb military base, the local chapter of the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) in Skenderaj said. Some 50 tanks have been deployed and fortified in the village, eye-witnesses said.

    Serb bulldozers have been digging in the courtyard of the "Emin Duraku" school in Likoc for three days now. Tanks and other heavy Serb armament is being dug in there. Ground-to-ground rockets were sent to the village yesterday, too.

    Most of the Serb forces have been staying in deserted Albanian houses in Likoc, Mak&rmal and Polluzh&, the CDHRF said.

    [05] Serb Army Plant Landmines in Prishtina Resort

    PRISHTINA, Oct 16 (KIC) - The Serb army has planted mines in several places in G&rmia, a wooded resort a couple of kilometers north-east of Kosova's capital Prishtina.

    The Prishtina-based Bujku newspaper said in its today's edition that signs reading 'MINE' (mines) were seen hung since Sunday morning on the trees on both sides of the road leading to the mountain top. A couple of signs were also placed at the lane to the "G&rmia springs", a site the residents of Prishtina use for picnics and jogging.

    Referring to eyewitness accounts, Bujku daily said landmines in G&rmia were planted over the past couple of days.

    Serb army units have dug in in several strategic places in the hillsides of the resort, witnesses said.

    [06] Serb Soldiers Run down 13-Year-old Albanian Girl in Mitrovica

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Early afternoon today (Monday), two Serb soldiers driving a lorry run down the 13-year-old Valentin& Kadri Vojvoda in Mitrovica.

    The Serbs' lorry had the license plates M. 2100, whereas the seriously injured Albanian girl originated from Llaush& village of Skenderaj ('Srbica').

    LDK sources in Mitrovica said the Serb soldiers did not stop at all to offer the girl the first aid.

    Valentin& Vojvoda was initially taken to Mitrovica hospital, and ultimately transferred to Prishtina for treatment of serious injuries.

    [07] Wife Loses Track of Wounded Husband Taken Out of Hospital by Serbs Ten Days Ago

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - The whereabouts of a wounded Albanian taken out of the Prishtina hospital about ten days ago are unknown, his wife said.

    Bislim Bislimi's wife from Dobresh village of Vitia claimed that her wounded husband was taken out of the Surgery clinic in Prishtina on 11 October, and she has lost any track of him ever since. Mr. Bislimi, wounded somewhere near Ferizaj, had stayed for one week in the Prishtina hospital before being removed by the Serb police.

    Sources in the Prishtina hospital said on 12 October seven wounded Albanians were taken out of the Surgery Clinic in Prishtina the previous day. They named four of them as Gjok Ndrecaj, Arb&r Spahiu, Bislim Bislimi, and Avdi Krasniqi, while the identity of three others could not be learned. The Serb police officers who escorted the wounded Albanians said they were to be taken to the Lungs Disease Clinic in Prishtina.

    Mrs Bislimi said she went to see her husband in the lungs disease clinic in Dragodan neighborhood in Prishtina, but her husband was not there. She learned three Serb security officers had taken him out of the clinic, but she failed to know where he was taken to.

    [08] Serb Soldiers Torture Albanian, Spray With Fire Farmhouses in Zhur

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Lutfi Badallaj, resident of Vermica village in Zhur region, western Kosova, was tortured badly by Serb soldiers on Sunday, local sources said.

    The LDK chapter in Prizren said Serb army forces remained dug in around Albanian communities in the Zhur region, including the villages of V&rmic&, Shkoz&, Dobrusht and Muradem&.

    Lutfi Badallaj was attacked by Serb soldiers near his village and was beaten brutally without any pretext whatsoever, the LDK said.

    Serb soldiers intruded into the farmhouses of Izet Badallaj, Hashim Vezaj and Fehim Muja.

    Local residents said that Serb soldiers on board of a motorized convoy sprayed with fire the outlying villages yesterday afternoon.

    The local Albanian population in Zhur has found itself inside a virtual siege, unable to move in or out because of the continued presence of Serb army waging campaigns of intimidation.

    [09] Serbs Bring Charred Bodies of Two Women in Gjakova Morgue

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Last evening (Sunday), Serb policemen brought the charred bodies of two women to the town morgue in Gjakova, local sources reported.

    The local LDK chapter in the town said it could not yet learn the identity of the two women. They could both be around 35-40 years of age, with their heads and bodies carbonated, according to sources in the hospital morgue.

    The area around the Gjakova hospital is being strictly guarded by Serb police, the LDK said. It added that yesterday the Serb police ordered the employees of the town cemetery to bury the remains of an unidentified Albanian. The man in his early twenties was brought by Serb forces to the town morgue on Saturday.

    The Serb regime media center in Prishtina said on Sunday that the Serb troops had killed an Albanian near Krelan village of Gjakova on Saturday.

    [10] Infant Dies for Lack of Medical Treatment in Pagarush&

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - On Sunday evening, the three-month infant boy of Islam Krasniqi, a native of Pagarush& village of Malisheva, died for lack of adequate medical treatment, LDK sources said.

    An appalling humanitarian situation is reported in the Malisheva municipality.

    [11] Serb Truckloads Take Away Looted Goods from Albanian Houses

    PRISHTINA, Oct 19 (KIC) - Serb vehicles loaded with domestic appliances were seen today travelling the Skenderaj-Mitrovica roadway, witnesses told the KIC.

    Local sources in Skenderaj ('Srbica') and Mitrovica said Serb troops had raided abandoned houses of Albanians in the area, where they took away large amounts of commodities and appliances, including television sets, satellite dishes, video players, ovens, etc.

    Part of the pillage game was laden on huge TAM-made trucks.

    A convoy of Serb forces consisting of 20 trucks, 5 tanks and other vehicles was seen moving on the Skenderaj-Mitrovica at around 13:00 hrs today.

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