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Kosova Daily Report #1670, 99-01-21

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1670
Prishtina, 21 January 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Serbian Forces Attack Mitrovica Outskirts For Third Day in a Row
  • [02] Serb Forces Attack Shtime Village
  • [03] Albanian Doctor Shot Dead in Unsolved Circumstances

  • [01] Serbian Forces Attack Mitrovica Outskirts For Third Day in a Row

    PRISHTINA, Jan 21 (KIC) - Serbian military and police troops resumed today their attack of Shipol village, which is in the outskirts of the town of Mitrovica, less than 40 km north of Prishtina.

    Shipol, the Ura e Gjakut and Bair neighborhoods of Mitrovica, as well as Vaganic& village, neighboring on Shipol, have been targeted by Serbian forces in the past three days.

    Two Albanians were killed and four wounded yesterday in Shipol, LDK sources said. One of the wounded has been named as Osman O. Prekazi (47), resident of Vaganic& e Poshtme.

    Today, part of the Bair neighborhood was sealed off and automatic weapons fire was heard there, at a time Ura e Gjakut was also sealed off by Serb forces.

    More than 90 Albanian houses have been raided in Shipol, Vaganic&, and in the town of Mitrovica in the past couple of days, with scores of Albanians reported arrested.

    The Albanian population of the Lusht&, Vaganic& e Poshtme, Vaganic& e Ep&rme, V&rnic& and Pir^ villages have fled their homes. Most of them have gone to the Zmiq woods.

    More than 13,000 Albanians have been displaced by the recent Serb crackdown in Mitrovica, local Albanian sources said.

    At around 13:00 hrs, the Serb shelling in the area died down, and Serb infantry was reported moving into V&rnic& and Pir^ villages.

    The KIC has been unable to obtain further information regarding the consequences of the Serb assault.

    [02] Serb Forces Attack Shtime Village

    PRISHTINA, Jan 21 (KIC) - Serbian forces attacked today morning the village of Zborc, in Shtime municipality, the local Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) said, quoting eye- witness accounts.

    Serb military and police, backed up by tanks and other combat equipment, had besieged the village, sources said, adding that some 200 Albanians - women, children and elderly - went to the Godanc cemetery, fearful to move further because of Serb snipers.

    Serbian troops carried out a horrendous massacre in the Shtime village of Re^ak last Friday, killing around 50 civilian Albanians.

    [03] Albanian Doctor Shot Dead in Unsolved Circumstances

    PRISHTINA, Jan 21 (KIC) - The body of a killed Albanian was found today at Prekall& village of Istog on the Mitrovica-Peja highway, LDK sources said, naming him as Dr. Xhevdet Gashi, in his early forties.

    The Albanian left his home at 17:00 hrs yesterday to go to work in the Peja emergency health_care center.

    Dr. Xhevdet Gashi is the fifth Albanian executed in mysterious circumstances in the Peja area, local sources said.

    The Albanian doctor was very much respected in the community, they added.

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