Massacre in Drenica
  ( part 2 of 2 )
Special Edition


KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues

Detonations started at 0400 CET

Skenderaj, 7 March (ARTA)

In the aftermath of relative calmness, reported in the Drenica area -- which followed Friday’s overrun of the village of Prekaz -- in what is stated as "the largest police crackdown in Kosova, since World War II", the incursion of the special Serb police units are seen continuing the operation around 0400 CET Saturday, when the first detonations could be heard, local "Koha Ditore" sources inform.

Exchange of heavy machinegun fire could be heard at around 0540 CET, continuing after 0600 CET, mainly coming from the direction of the Llausha village.

Reports show that the operation has already claimed the lives of over 70 Albanians in a renewed Serb police crackdown, including women and children.

Fightings continue, as Serb media reports on withdrawal attempts of Kosova Albanian "terrorists" towards Albanian border.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attacks on Drenica

"Yugoslav" Army reinforcement regroups at Albanian border

Cooperative buildings of Bec and Ponishec are being adopted to admit renewed forces of the "Yugoslav" Army

Gjakovė, 6 March (ARTA)

During the last days, following the outburst of the police attack in Drenica, in the region bordering Albania, additional "Yugoslav" Army forces were spotted regrouping along the international border with Albania, "Koha Ditore" reports.

Past week, cooperative buildings of Bec and Ponoshec (villages close to Gjakova, city 90 km west of Prishtina) are being adopted for admittance of more military forces, unconfirmed local sources claim.



KOSOVA: Drenica massacre continues (toll, update)

Death toll presumed higher

Prishtinė, 7 March (ARTA) 1200 CET -

Names of 17 Albanian citizens killed during the renewed police crackdown are acknowledged, as well as the names of 40 wounded, 18 sheltered, 5 missing, and 7 family houses (compounds) destroyed during the crackdown


A: Killed

1. Myftar Rreci (43, M) Llaushė
2. Sadik Kaqkini (46, M) Llaushė
3. (name unknown) Gashi (46, F) Skėnderaj
4. (son), Gazmend Gashi (16) Skėnderaj
5. (sister), Shukrie Gashi (12) Skėnderaj
6. Qazim Jashari (-/-,M), Prekaz
7. son (name and age unknown), Prekaz
8. Naim Zukė Jashari (-/-,M), Prekaz
9. Fehmi Muhamet Lushtaku (-/-,M), Prekaz
10. Adem Shaban Jashari (-/-,M), Prekaz (not confirmed)
11. (His wife), Adile Jashari (-/-), Prekaz
12. Halit Jashari (60 M), Prekaz
13. (His wife, name unknown, age unknown), Prekaz
14. Zymber Jashari (-/-,M), Prekaz
15. (Wife of Zenė Jashari, age and name unknown), Prekaz
16. (Zenė's son, name unknown, 16), Prekaz
17. (Zenė's daughter, name unknown, 12), Prekaz


B. Wounded

1. Adem Jashari's son (age and name unknown)
2. Shaban Jashari's wife (age and name unknown)
3. Hamzė Jashari's wife (age and name unknown)
4. Hamzė Jashari's son (age and name unknown)

C. Destroyed houses: overall seven

1. House of Shaban, Hamit, Bilall and Qerim Jasharit in Prekaz
2. House of Xhemė and Mursel Kodrės
3. House of Beqir Lushtaku


D. Lost

1. Halit Zymer Jashari and Zenė Jashari
2. Three children of Halit and Zenė Jashari. There is no information on the 15-year-old, whereas the other two, aged 10 and 6, were detained and held in the Ammunition Factory in Skėnderaj.


E. Sheltered

1. Elfije Jashari, (76 F)
2. Sala Jashari (42 F)
3. Feride Jashari (40 F)
4. Hydaije Bahtir Jashari (23 F)
5 Fatmire Bilall Jashari (9 F)
6. Valmire Bilall Jashari (11 F)
7. Besarta Bilall Jashari (7 F)
8. Gentiana Bilall Jashari (4 F)
9. Elfije Bilall Jashari (2 F)
10. Miftar Bilall Jashari (two-month-old male child)
11. Xhemile Bilall Jashari (12 F)
12. Valentina Bilall Jashari (16 F)
13. Valbon Sefer Jashari (8 M)
14. Alban Sefer Jashari (8 M)
15. Ganimete Sefer Jashari (21 F)
16. Zojė Bahtir Jashari (21 F)
17. Violeta Sefer Jashari (17 F)
18. Besarta Hamzė Jashari (10 F)


All were detained by police and kept in the Ammunition Factory in Skėnderaj and were later released in Skėnderaj and are being sheltered by other Albanian citizens. All are traumatized.



KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues (snipers)

Snipers aimed at civilians

Local civilian population sought shelter in nearby woods

Llaushė, 7 March (ARTA) 1415CET -

Serb police aimed sniper fire at Kosova Albanian civilians on late Friday, report local "Koha ditore" sources in Llaushė.

Zenel Rreci from Llausha, along with other 6 neighbors were heading for the funeral of Myftar Rreci, when they got under the sniper fire. They survived after seeking shelter in the nearby woods.

Same sources claim that the majority of population from Llausha is already sheltered, however facing disastreous health and safety conditions.



KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues

5,000 local Albanian refugees in Mitrovica and Vushtrri villages

Prishtinė, 7 March (ARTA)

Serb police forces continue the strict curfew along the area struck by the large-scale crackdown on over 14 local Albanian villages, an operation that has already claimed the lives of over 70 Kosova Albanian civilians, including women and children.

Prishtina-based Kosova Information Center (KIC) reacts on the local Serb authorities communique -- which asserts "the near end" of the police crackdown -- as a "total lie".

This Albanian-run source states that since the late Friday night no armed attacks are reported, srtressing the situation as "extremely tense", with people been massacred inside their house compounds, fields and house yards.

A large number of wounded, remained inside the police ring, is reported "trapped, with no medical help". According to KIC, Serb police continues to prevent aid and medical teams reach the war-torn area.

Reportedly, around 5,000 of refugees, local Albanian women and children, are sheltered temporarily in the surrounding villages of Mitrovica and Vushtrri towns, as new Serb police reinforcements have reached the isolated region.



KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues (medical help)

ICRC delivers aid to the wounded?

Prishtinė, 7 March (ARTA) 1730 CET

According to a communique by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the following medical aid was sent for the wounded in the renewed large-scale police operation in Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina):

- on 2 March, the ICRC reached Skėnderaj delivering surgical sets at medical structure there for 300 wounded people.

- on 5 March, it reached the city of Mitrovica delivering surgical sets at the local medical structures

- on 6 March, the ICRC reached Gllogovc delivering surgical sets at the local medical structrure, for estimated 100 wounded people.

Today (7 March) ICRC sources claim the attempt to visit Skėnderaj with medical aid, blankets and food.



KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues (protests)

Albanian doctors protest at Prishtina’s USIS

Prishtinė, 7 March (ARTA) 1400CET

All health-care workers are summoned to convene today at 1700 CET at the USIS office in Prishtina, the Deanery of the Medical Faculty at the University of Prishtina confirmed.

Doctors and other health-care workers were asked to protest against the continuing police crackdown in Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina), wearing the white mantles.

They will plead for allowance to enter the war-torn area, to help the wounded civilians during the large-scale operation, which has already claimed the lives of over 70 people, including women and children.

Hashim Maloku, Dean of the Medical Faculty, confirms that the Serb police is so far preventing doctors teams, from entering the besieged Drenica villages, "Koha Ditore" reports.



KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues (toll)

More Kosova Albanian civilian corpses received at the city morgue

Prishtinė 7 March (ARTA) 1750 CET

Two trucks, loaded with corpses, are spotted arriving late Friday night at Prishtina's city morgue, claim unconfirmed "Koha Ditore" sources close to the hospital

All of the bodies are presumed to be Kosova Albanian civilians from Drenica region, massacred and killed during the larg-scale police operations, which is reportedly still being conducted in this part of Kosova (40 km west of Prishtina

The city morgue building remains besieged by Serb police, preventing any access to it, hospital sources report.



KOSOVA: Massacre in Drenica continues (Serb media)

Albanians staged protests in Tirana and Skopje

Police and VJ reinforcements were spotted in Gjakovė (90 km west of Prishtina), along the borderline with Albania, whereas there are claims of Albanian army strengthening its positions along the other side of the international border

Prishtinė, 7 March (ARTA) 1300CET

Renewed Serb police attack on Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina) which has so far claimed the lives of over 70 Kosova Albanian civilians -- and the refugee influx estimated in thousands, heading towards nearby cities (Vushtrri and Mitrovica) -- was reminiscent of the beginning of the war in Bosnia and Croatia for many analysts of the ex-Yugoslavian conflict.

The communique issued by Serbian state security claims that "the police executed the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA) leader, demolishing the "terrorists stronghold in Kosova", and stressing the near end of the large-scale operations.

However, detonations could be heard in Drenica on Saturday, starting increasingly from 0400 CET, local sources report.

Blasts and shootings remain mostly concentrated around the villages of Aqareva, southwest of Skėnderaj, between Drenica and Dukagjin, Kosova western plain.

Explosions could also be heard coming from the direction of Llausha, second-ranked village (after Prekaz) as the bloodbath conducted by Serb police units.

Serb state-rune media reported "terrorists making their way towards the plain of Dukagjin (Serb. ‘Metohija)’, after the armed resistance". State run media also state this as an attempt of KLA members to cross the border with neighboring Albania.

Dukagjin lies west of Drenica, a plain located in central Kosova, with the Albanian border some 80 km to west.

4 APCs were seen entering Gjakova, (one of the main cities in Dukagjin), on Friday 2300 CET, "Koha Ditore sources" confirm. Reportedly, the VJ army unites are increasing with the deployement of reinforcement.

According to the paper's sources, two agricultural cooperatives close to Gjakova, are already adopted as an admittance center to the increased VJ forces.

Same sources state the strengthening of Albanian army units along the international border, citing the Albanian Defense Ministry statement, due to the endangered situation in Kosova.

On Friday, mass protest of Albanian citizens in Tirana, called the "One Nation - One Stand", was organized as a national support to the Kosova Albanians, official Tirana sources confirmed.

Tens of thousands of protesters convened for the rally during which Rexhep Meidani, Albanian president, icluding Sali Berisha, opposition leader, spoke out claiming supportive messages towards Kosova Albanians.

At the same time, around 80 thousand of local Albanian citizens rallied in support to the Kosova Albanians, in a mass-protest lead by main Albanian politicians in FYROM, "Koha Ditore" reported.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenicė (paramilitary forces)

Paramilitary Serb forces from Bosnia participate in the Drenica assault

Drenica onslaught lead by "Legija"

"Legija", Arkan's comrade is known as one of the senior leaders of the combined police-military ethnic cleansing operations in Bosnia

Prishtinė, 6 March (ARTA) 1650 CET

Serb police forces with war-experience from the war in Bosnia, previously engaged in paramilitary operations, some of which are now labeled as war crimes, are involved in the Drenica crackdown, inform reliable sources.

According to the same sources, the so-called "Legija", known as a senior leader of the combined police-military ethnic cleansing operations in Bosnia, is responsible for the assault on Drenica.

"Legija", previously a criminal and a good friend of Arkan, was later ranked high within the Serb police structures, ordained for special affairs.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (villages and the siege)

Prekaz remains under artillery fire

Almost all of the Jashari family mambers have been executed, inside of the destroyed houses, local sources -- Blasts and detonations heard between villages of Aqareva and Vojnik

Prekaz, Skėnderaj, 5 March (ARTA) 1730CET

The latest reports show that despite the damage caused by larg-scale detonations and grenade launching by the special Serb police units, the village of Prekaz is resisting the renowed crackdown, that has so far claimed the lives of over 50 civilian Albanians.

"Koha Ditore" sourse report on killing of almost all of the Jashari family members, who were at the time of the attack, seeking shelter within the completely destroyed house complex.

Brothers Halit and Zymer Jashari are reported killed.

One woman from the Jashari family is also claimed slaughtered, as her 16-year-old son and daughter (11), are reported killed. Two other children aged 6 and 2 are reported apprehended by the Serb police.

During the early hours, there were reports on forceful detention of the large convoy consisted of women and children within the former Ammunition Factory building in Prekaz. Local villagers claim that the number of detained Albanian civilians is continuously increasing.

Another house, claimed the property of Jashari family, is reported being under severe police siege. Two trucks, an armored vehicle, have been spotted in the yard of two local elementary school buildings, presumably turned into a temporary police barracks.

Crackdown on the village of Llausha is concentrated at the very entrance of the village, as continous blasts and detonations can be between the villages of Aqareva and Vojnik.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (refugees)

First Albanian refugees influx from Drenica reaches Prishtina suburbs

Refugees influx is reported heading by train from Fushė Kosovė through Peja and Gllogovc to Fushė Kosovė (Prishtina suburb)

Prishtina, 6 March (ARTA) 1941 CET

"I’m going to Prishtina, to send women and children there. Then, I’ll return in Drenica, to protect my house", said Hanefi Nekiqi, villager from Grabovc i Ulėt, settlement an hour of walk from Prekaz, where the fierce Serb police crackdown continues since early morning hours.

Over 50 Albanian villagers from Drenica have already reached Prishtina suburbs. "Hundreds of refugees came to Fushė-Kosovė, by trains from Peja through Gllogoc" say taxi-drivers, who have worked for free the entire day, solidarizing with expelled compatriots.



KOSOVA: Police attack on Drenica (army movement)

It is reported that state enterprise facilities in villages of Bec and Ponoshec (surrounding of Gjakova, 90 km west of Prishtina) are adapted as barracks for increased VJ troops

Gjakova, 6 March (ARTA) 2030 CET

Increased VJ troops movements are spotted in the region of Gjakova, city close to the Albania borderline.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed sources claim that state-run enterprise facilities in Bec and Ponoshec -- villages close to Gjakova -- are been adapted as temporary military barracks for VJ troops.



Over 20 thousand people on Skėnderbej square

Rally of support to Kosova Albanians

Kosova unites all Albanian political parties

"Kosovė, we are with you" - "One nation - one stand"

Tirana, 6 March (ARTA)

For the first time after the elections of 22 March, mass rallies, against Serb violence in Kosova, were organized in the "Skenderbej" square.

"One nation-one stand", asserted a poster placed in the middle of the square. This was also the motto of the gathering.

Rexhep Meidani, the president of Albania, accompanied by all political party leaders, underlined once more the Albanian stand in favor of the Kosova Albanians.

"All political parties have put down their flags to rise the one and only flag, the flag of the nation", said Meidani to the hundreds of gathered Albanians.

Meidani continued: "Albanians do not want war, those who provoke one, will hold the responsibility in front of history" - was the answer the president gave to the frequent calls overwhelming the square in demand of war, weapons and clamor in favor of KLA.

In order to avoid radicalization of the Kosova issue, Meidani demanded the stop to violence conducted by the Serbs, the withdrawal of the military troops, the implementation of the education agreement signed by Rugova and Milosevic, as well as the presence of the international authorities in Kosova. "If these are not achieved, any attempt for dialogue would fail", said the president of the Republic.

"We are ready to function as a single trunk against the Serb aggressor", was the idea transmitted by all leaders of political forces, gathered as never before, as well as by the senior government officials and the leaders of the Albanian opposition parties.

Sali Berisha, chairman of the Democratic Party, pronounced that the 22 March elections in Kosova should be held and that the Albanians will not accept a second Bosnia. Berisha demanded the international community's condemnation of Milsoevic's massacre in Kosova, as well as the organization of a conference on Kosova.

The rally was also saluted by Iljaz Ramajli, Kosova's representative in Albania, who said: "Kosova is not alone"

Solidarity gatherings also took place in many other Albanian towns.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (Albanians, FYROM)

Over 100.000 Albanians at a Skopje mass-protest

"Kosova we are with you", "Twelve o'clock already", "Long live the KLA", were cheered during this mass gathering -- Arber Xhaferi and Abdurrahman Aliti, Albanian political leaders in FYROM were leading the crowd

Skopje, 6 March (ARTA)

The main square of Skopje, capital of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- FYROM, was too small to accept over 100.000 Albanian protesters at a gathering held by Albanian parties PPD and PDSH, with a slogan "Kosova, we are with you".

Protesters were gathered at the city park above the old bridge of Skopje and surrounding areas of "Macedonia" main square.

Participants came from all Albanian inhabited parts of FYROM. On the banners exposed at the rally were stated messages "Kosova we are with you", "It's twelve o'clock", "Drenica, Albanians are with you", "UĒK, UĒK", "We give our lives, but we do not give Kosova away", "We demand NATO intervention", "Albanians are one", "Kosova does have a lord", "One Nation, One Stand", "Freedom or Death" etc.

The most frequent cheerings were the ones addressing support tio the Kosova Liberation Army -- KLA.

Organizers read a Memorandum, stating that the "evil in Kosova is common for all Albanians", and that "Serbia will get the fist of all Albanians".

Milosevic's regime was illustrated as "the last apartheid in Europe". In the Memorandum, appeal was made to NATO, UN and OSCE -- for "stopping the ethnocide in Kosova".

Memorandum was sent to all decision-making centers in Europe and the world.

"Koha Ditore" reports the FRY Embassy rejected the acceptance of the Memorandum.

On the stage, at today’s mass-protest, both Albanian leaders in FYROM, Arber Xhaferi and Abdurrahman Aliti -- usually in fierce opossition with one another -- were standing side-by side.

A group of some thirty Macedonians cheered provoking messages to Albanian protesters, although isolated by Macedonian police in a side street.

It is estimated that the rally was the most massive one ever organized by Albanians in Macedonia.

Macedonian army prepares for state of emergency

According to reliable sources at the FYROM Defence Ministry, "Koha Ditore" claims that the state army is preparing to declare the state of emergency.

Army patrols at the border with Kosova are increasing while at numerous police units patrol with increased weaponry.



KOSOVA: Renowed police attack on Drenica (detonations and artillery firing)

Police reinforcement continues

Large convoys of civilian Kosova Albanian population, are seen attempting to break through the war-torn area -- isolated by a strong Serb police circle.

Prishtina, 6 March (ARTA) - 1330 CET

First heavy artillery detonation was heard during the early morning hours of Friday (0300 CET), continuing increasingly until this moment in and around the village of Prekaz, close to the settlement of Skenderaj (50 km west of Prishtina).

Reportedly, mortars and tracked-police tanks are used intensly, combined with police infantry in this large-scale police operation which put under siege the entire region of Drenica.

Large convoys of civilian Kosova Albanian population, are seen attempting to break through the war-torn area -- isolated by a strong Serb police circle.

"Koha Ditore" local sources claim that the evacuated population which managed to reach settlements outside the siege (Vushtrri and Mitrovica) are consisted of civilians coming from the periferic villages, outside the circle.

Meanwhile, there are reports on increased police reinforcements, loaded in green VJ trucks.

Two local school buildings are also reported as turned into temporary police barracks. Food and necesities are provided to Serb police through the network of Serb-run nutritious enterprises in Kosova.

Detonations are continously heard south of Skenderaj, between villages of Aqareva, Vojnik and Turiqevc.



Kosova Serb Information Secretary

Drobnjak: If the villagers do not report the terrorists they are terrorists themselves

A statement of Boshko Drobnjak to the Russian TV (NTV)

Prishtinė, 6 March-(ARTA)

The Information Secretary of the Serb authorities in Kosovė, Boshko Drobnjak, declared to Russian TV (NTV) that "if there are even two terrorists in the village that are not reported to the police by the villagers, then the latter are no longer citizens, they are considered terrorists as well".

This statement was made following the police offensive on Drenica (40 km west of Prishtina) on 5 March.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (women and children captured)

Women and children captured by police

Albanian civilians are kept inside the former Ammunition Factory building in the village of Prekaz -- presumably the temporary headquarter of Serb police

Prishtina, 6 march (ARTA) - 1330 CET

Serb police crackdown on Drenica continues, as large convoy of Kosova Albanian villagers, women and children, is reported captured by Serb police. Local "Koha Ditore" sources claim that they are kept inside the Skenderaj Ammunition Factory building, presumably the temporary Serb police headquarter.

There are no reports on the number of apprehended civilians, although, according to the villagers, police put under siege a large convoy, which was heading towards cities outside of the war-torn area -- to Vushtrri and Mitrovica.

The former building of Ammunition Factory in the village of Prekaz -- which is under severe fire for last 28 hours -- was in previous reports stated as a Serb paramilitary base, from which several armed attacks on the village were conducted past months.



KOSOVA: Renewed Police attack on Drenica (Contact Group visit)

Contact Group representatives arrive in Prishtina

One-day visit of five Belgrade based officials comes at the peak of renewed police crackdown on Drenica region

Prishtina, 6 March (ARTA) - 1200 CET, 1STLD

Contact Group representatives arrived in Prishtina for meetings with Kosova officials due to the renewed large-scale joint military/police attack on Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina).

Foreign and local media report overall death toll reaching over 50 Kosova Albanians killed (including women and children) as the crackdown on 12 Albanian villages in the region continues.

Serbian state media reported killing of 2 Serb policemen.

US Charge D’Affairs, Ambassador Richard Miles, Uk’s Mr. Donnelly, Italy’s Ricardo Sessa, Germany’s Wilfred Gruber and and Russia’s Oleg Levitin, will in their one-day visit to Kosova’s capital meet with officials from both Kosova Albanian and local Serb sides.

Talks will continue highlighted by scheduled meetings with Ibrahim Rugova, Kosova Albanian political leader, and Veljko Odalovic, main Serb state-official in Kosova.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (journalists)

Journalists brutally prevented entrance in the war-torn area

"Koha Ditore" journalist receives life-threats at the Serb police checkpoint

Prishtina 6 March (ARTA) - 1400 CET

A large group of foreign and local journalists are reported to have been brutally prevented to enter the Drenica region -- still suffering heavy artillery fire -- as the renewed Serb police attack has already claimed lives of over 50 people, Kosova Albanians, from local Drenica villages.

Life threats were adressed to local Albanian journalist, working with "Koha Ditore" daily, who were stopped and interrogated at the entrance to the war-torn area -- Komoran, the main police checkpoint in the direction of Gllogoc and Skenderaj (main Drenica towns).

Also, "Koha Ditore" daily distribution was obstructed in main parts of Kosova, with local distributors being threatened prison and beating if they continue their work.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (crackdown, villages)

Attack on Drenica continues

Adem Jashari is alive

Serb sources today stated that Adem Jashari, whom the Serbian government labels as "a wanted terrorist leader", has been killed

Skėnderaj, 6 March (ARTA) - 1200CET

Latest reports show that shooting in the villages of Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina) is continuing with unchanged intensity since yesterday’s renewed large-scale police and military crackdown.

Foreign and local media report on death toll reaching over 50 Kosova Albanians killed (including women and children).

Serb state media reported the killing of 2 policemen and 4 others as "slightly" wounded.

"Koha Ditore" sources report on clashes being concentrated in and around villages of Prekaz and Llausha.

It has been claimed that 4 houses in Prekaz are surrounded and subjected to constant firing, whereas from Llausha are heard occasional artillery detonations

The house of Jashari family -- spotted by Serb media and police as the commanding stronghold of Kosova Liberation Army -- is reported entirely destroyed, as rumors that Adem Jashari, labeled as in charge of KLA local units is killed, are denied.



KOSOVA: Renewed police attack on Drenica (Contact group talks)

Russia sends deputy minister to Kosova Talks

Deputy Minister Nikolai Afanasyevsky will attend Monday's meeting, stated the Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, March 6 (Reuters) - Russia will send only a deputy foreign minister to a meeting in London of the "Contact Group" devoted to the violence in Yugoslavia's province of Kosovo, Interfax news agency said on Friday.

It quoted Foreign Ministry sources as saying that Deputy Minister Nikolai Afanasyevsky would attend Monday's meeting at which the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the United States and Russia had been expected. The Foreign Ministry could not confirm the report but said Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov had no plans to travel abroad next week.



KOSOVA -- renowed police attack on Drenica (bunkers)

Serb media report on "bunker-shelters of KLA"

Belgrade, 6 March (ARTA) - 1230CET

The Serb police found three bunkers allegedly used as Kosova Liberation Army units shelters, in Prekaz i Epėrm, village close to Skėnderaj, says today's Belgrade daily "Politika".

Paper says that two of these facilities were loaded with medical equipment (reanimation apparatus used for surgery, as well as anesthetics), including medicine, sanitary goods as well as two beds.

The third bunker contained ammunition, weapons and explosives, claims "Politika".

"After clashing with Serb police forces, the terrorists retreated trying to mine the bunker on their way. But, they were stopped at the last moment". "Politika" asserts that "after exchanging fire some time, from their hiding behind one bunker in Prekaz i Epėrm, eight Albanian terrorists surrendered".


KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police forces in Drenica (update)

Regrouping of police forces during the night

Differing from Prekaz, none of the houses were burned in Llaushė even after the 12 hours long attack

The circle not controlled by the police: the area between the villages Ujėmirė, Siēevė and Aēarevė, in direction of Prekaz and Llaushė and towards Ēiēavicė up to Runikė.

The ring controlled by the Serb police: starting from Runikė up to Suhogėrllė, Ēikatovė and up to Komoran

Skėnderaj, 5 March (ARTA) - 2200CET

Our sources confirm that differing from Prekaz, which was destroyed duirng the 12 hours long attack of the Serbian police, the other village which has also been subject to the attack, has suffered no damage. Moreover, our sources claim that almost no house in the village has been destroyed.

On the other hand, these sources stress that in the evening, somewhere after 2100CET, Serb policemen are moving and taking new positions in the direction to the west of Skėnderaj, towards Krushec and Rezallė villages.

On the northern side of Skėnderaj, the police is moving towards the Mehaj neighborhood in Prekaz. The inhabitants of Prekaz have withdrawn, but it is still not certain where they are.

It is believed that the movements of the police are, in fact, a regrouping of forces for the eventual clash that could take place tomorrow.

According to the information coming from the field, our sources confirm that the space between the villages Ujėmirė, Siēevė and Aēarevė up to Prekaz and Llaushė towards the villages of Ēiēavicė up to Runikė, in fact, make up the ring which is not controlled by the police.

The police has not withdrawn from the area between Aēarevė and Siēevė and in fact the front-line is somewhere between Siēevė, Aēarevė up to Prekaz, Llaushė and Vojnikė, up north, southward to Aēarevė, and to the east towards Ēiēavica up to the village of Beēiq.

This is the circles not penetrated by the police. The circle which covers Runikė up to Suhogėrllė, Ēikatovė and up to Komoran, is under Serb police control.

Our sources claim that the regrouping of the forces during the night could lead towards a new possible clash in the morning.

According to unconfirmed information, it seems that Albanian volunteers have entered the Ēiēavicė region.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police forces in Drenica (internal displacements)

Villages are emptied

Prishtina & Drenica, 5 March (ARTA) - 2200CET

"On the way from Vushtrri towards the village of Galicė, we saw a large number of refugees. There were three cars, several carriages full of women and children and some of them were going on foot.

Some of them had fled their homes at 0200CET, as soon as first shooting and detonations started, whereas the majority of them fled at around 0800CET.

While we were there, we saw a bus full of Albanian men, who told us that they had come to Vushtrri to bring their wives and children and that they were plnning to back home to the villages of Llaushė, Skėnderaj & Prekaz.

The houses in Dubovc were empty, and only old men, taking care of the houses, could be seen there", declared a journalist of the Swiss weekly "fact" to "KOHA Ditore".



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police forces in Drenica (update)

Basri Musmurati: We saw terror

Shaban Jashari's family didn't abandon the house, and it is supposed that the members of this family were burned inside their house.

Skėnderaj, 5 March (ARTA) - 2130CET

Prekaz i Epėrm was visited by LDK Presidency member Basri Musmurati, who declared: "We were in Prekaz i Epėrm from 1700 to 1810CET. We saw how the houses in the Jasharaj neighborhood were burning down. Artillery shooting wouldn't stop. We could see the mortars that were being thrown on the neighborhood. The houses were totally destroyed, and only fire and smoke could be seen. Occasionally, there were also machine-gun bursts.

As we were told, the neighborhoods of Kodrali and Lushak (in Prekaz i Poshtėm) were also attacked.

The police and army besieged the area. The inhabitants of Prekaz i Epėrm, Mikushnicė, Lipovec, Dubovec, Galicė have moved out and are headed to Vushtrri (30 km north from Prishtina). Some of them found refuge in the mountains, and it was evident that they had no weapons.

As we were told, Shaban Jashari's family didn't abandon the house, and it is supposed that the members of this family were burned inside their house".



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police forces in Drenica (paramilitary units)

Bosnia war criminals engaged in Kosova

Milenko Radmilic - "Pjevac" who was released from Brcko prison four days ago, was spotted in Mitrovica

The Zvornik special unit, known for the war crimes committed in Srebrenica, was engaged by the Serbian police on 1 February

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 2100 CET

According to reliable sources, Bosnia war criminal, Milenko Radmilic called "Pjevac" ("Rooster") was released from Brcko prison four days ago and together with other 25 people has put on the Serbian police uniform. "Pjevac" has been seen and identified by eyewitnesses in Mitrovica. Otherwise, "Pjevac" is known for having perpetrated crimes during the war in Bosnia, including crimes against Serbs.

The same sources state that since 1 February, a special unit from Zvornik (Bosnia), known for the crimes committed in Srebrenica has been engaged by the Serbian police.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police forces in Drenica (update)

The police halts the attack on Drenica

Serbian media quote the police sources and state that "20 terrorists were killed". On the other hand, two policemen were killed and two others were wounded

After Milosevic's "no" to Cook, the fear is that the attacks will resume

Skėnderaj, 5 March (ARTA) - 2000CET

Twelve hours since the beginning of the police attack that started at 0600CET and the clashes in Drenicė, Serb special police units halted the attack at dusk.

The last news, at 1830CET, is that a column is retreating towards Mitrovicė, namely 3 buses and 32 trucks. It is not certain whether they are full or empty.

According to Serb sources, the police has stated that "20 terrorists" and two policemen were killed in today's attack. Another two policemen were wounded on the same occasion, state the same sources.

Having in mind Milosevic's rejection of the proposal made by the British foreign minister, Cook, whom he met today in Belgrade and to whom he said that "Kosova was an internal affair of Serbia", local analysts fear that the Serb special police forces attack in Drenicė will resume tomorrow.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police forces in Drenica (update)

Several thousands of women congregate in front of USIS

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1830CET

Today at 1700 CET, several thousands of women gathered in front of the United States Information Service (USIS) in Prishtina to protest against the new police/military offensive in Drenica, witnesses claim.

The number of the protesters would have been even bigger if the police cordons surrounding the neighborhood of Dragodan (where the American Office is), did not take their positions an hour earlier, and stop the movement of the women who were headed to protest.

Almost all of the journalists, foreign and local, were stopped from penetrating this part of the town.

As the witnesses state, some of the women that actually achieved to penetrate through police cordons, clamored "S.O.S" and "Help!", in front of teh USIS, meanwhile the delegation that was representing these women, headed by the chairlady of the Albanian Women's League, Flora Brovina, got in and had a talk with the head of USIS Prishtina, Richard Huckaby.

The women's delegation demanded an American military intervention, while Huckaby promised that "we will do everything to solve this complicated problem, and we are terrified, with the events that took place last weekend in Drenicė".

On their way out from the office, in front of the building, women lit up candles (around a thousand), and after a minute of silence paid to Drenicė recent victims, they dispersed.

Otherwise this is the second time that the Albanian women gather in front of the United States Information Center (USIS) in Prishtinė. The first time it was last Sunday, when the "Massacre of Drenicė" took place.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Shooting restarts in Prekaz

Skėnderaj, 5 March (ARTA) - 1700CET

After 15.30 CET new shooting has been heard in Prekaz and in Llaushė. In Prekaz a strong detonation has been heard and after that smoke and fire were seen, in the meantime in Llaushė the shootout did not stop, even now at 17.00 CET.

In the meantime, new reinforcement of the Serb police arrived. According to our sources there are 12 buses and 6 trucks.

They were accompanied by 3 trucks filled with sand sacks which will probably be used to form barricades.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Over 1000 people fled Drenicė into Fushė Kosovė & Obiliq

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1545CET

Over 1000 women and children that fled the Drenica region arrived in the villages surrounding Fushė-Kosovė and Obiliq at 14.00 CET. They have been settled in the villagers' houses. They confirm that throughout the day, heavy explosions were heard from the direction of Skėnderaj, adding that the local Serb police is positioned in the region's forests, controlling the refuge seekers and letting them continue their journey.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Serbia's Ministry of Internal Affairs claims:

"Two policemen wounded in Skėnderaj"

The communique states that "a terrorist attack was perpetrated against a police patrol in the morning, and that they started a chase..."

Belgrade, 5 March (ARTA)-15:45 CET

Serbia's Ministry of Internal Affairs, notified today about an alleged "terrorist attack" close to Skėnderaj, Drenica (40 km west of Prishtina). The communique says that "early morning today, in a road close to Skėnderaj, Albanian secessionists perpetrated a terrorist attack on a police patrol by using automatic guns. Two members of the Internal Ministry were wounded on this occasion".

The communique concludes that "the police fired back and went on to chase terrorists".



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Televised interview with alleged KLA senior officer

There is no threat to Kosova Serbs

Flamur: "The first things to disappear will be the borders between Albanians, that is the border between the state of Kosova and Albania, between the state of Kosova and Macedonia and between the state of Kosova and Montenegro,"

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 15:45CET

Alleged KLA senior officer called "Flamur", was interviewed by Croatian television. The interview it was broadcasted late Wednesday evening. He said there was no threat to Kosova Serbs but that a war in Kosova would result in its amalgamation with neighboring Albanian territories.

"The first things to disappear will be the borders between Albanians, that is the border between the state of Kosova and Albania, between the state of Kosova and Macedonia and between the state of Kosova and Montenegro," he said.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

The attack continues

Police controls Gllogoc

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1400

Sources of "Koha Ditore" informed that, at 1330 CET, after 7 hours long Serbian police attack, there is still heavy firing reported in Skėnderaj's surrounding area.

On the other hand, it is stated that Gllogoc (35 km southeast of Prishtina), another large Drenicė settlement, is under police control.

Mitrovicė, on the other hand is flooded with wounded civilians coming from the direction of Vushtrri, (20 km north of Prishtina), using tractors as transportation means. Tractors are used for carrying the wounded from Drenica into the Obiliq (10 km west of Kosova's capital city Prishtina).



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Albanian women and children flee the besieged region

Green APCs and two white buses, without registration plates, have been seen, accompanied by a number of big trucks, filled with police forces and covered with ordinary orange plastic and backed with cannon guns and heavy military equipment, witnesses claim.

Drenicė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1400CET

The joint Serb military and police attack on the civilian population in the Drenicė region has reportedly resulted with a large number of women and children seeking refuge in the nearby towns and villages.

According to unconfirmed sources, around 1.800 women and children have fled the villages of Orllat and Llapushnik (15 km southwest of the besieged town of Gllogoc) moving towards the village of Korroticė e Epėrme, and into the settlement of Sllatinė, near the airport.

Witnesses claim that green APCs and two white buses, without registration plates, have been seen, accompanied by a number of big trucks, filled with police forces and covered with ordinary orange plastic and backed with cannon guns and heavy military equipment. It has also been claimed that Serb policemen are dressed in green and blue uniforms.

The participation of paramilitary units has also been claimed.

Furthermore, the source repeats the plea of the endangered population for medicine and sanitation aid.

The presence of Serbian national television cameras have been claimed to monitor the Drenicė terrain a day before the attack.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Attack on Prekaz started at 02:00 CET, witnesses claim

The attack started with the firing of grenade launchers in Prekaz i Ulėt. In the morning these police forces were joined by a helicopter.

Mitrovicė, 5 March-(ARTA) - 1400CET

"The attack on Drenicė, started last night at two o'clock after midnight", claim five girls that managed to escape from Prekaz i Epėrm village, along with a 7 years old child. They arrived in Mitrovica and found shelter at the outskirts of Mitrovicė.

The attack started with the firing of grenade launcher mines on Prekaz i Ulėt. In the morning these police forces were joined by a helicopter. As confirmed from these sources, around 10:00 CET, the police-military forces reached the school in Prekaz i Epėrm.

Sources notify that seven buses filled with police, accompanied by 20 APCs, passed through the Mitrovicė-Skenderaj road at 0200CET.

Yesterday, around 08:00 CET, a military transporter carrying antiaircraft missile equipment of 232 milimeter caliber passed through the same road.



KOSOVA: Tense situation in Podujevė

Snipers set on top of the buildings

During last night the police visited all Serb and Montenegrin families

Podujevė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1400CET

Different sources inform that last night, the police forces used APCs to evacuate Serb children from the village Kėrpimeh, Podujeva mun. (35 km northeast of Prishtina).

Witnesses say that during last night, the police in APCs visited all Serb and Montenegrin families in the direction of Orllan (30 km northwest of Prishtina). On the other hand, large military-police forces were seen moving in the direction of Prishtina, in the early morning hours.

There are police movements in the center of the town as well as on the crossroads. Snipers are situated on the top of several buildings and the police building in Podujevė.

Today, around 12:00 CET, military transporters were seen going in the direction of Kursumlija, Serbia (70 km northeast of Prishtina).



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Serb police barricades water supplies of Mitrovicė

According to Mitrovica citizens, the city has been practically beseiged by Serb police and military forces

Mitrovicė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1345CET

Some 80 police force members, equipped with one APC, have been stationed today by the water supply reservoir in the suburb of Mitrovica, Shipol (40 km north of Prishtina).

They have broken into the house of Haxhi Ferat Ymeri, whose family numbers 42 members. They have built a barricade within the yard of this household.

These sources also inform that police forces, equipped with grenade launchers, have supposedly taken position in the mountains on both sides of the village of Lushtė, close to Mitrovicė.

As these citizens claim, the city is practically surrounded by police and military forces.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Since 13.00 CET sporadic shooting in Prekaz while shootout continues in Llaushė

Thousands of women and children are fleeing the under siege regions and seeking refuge in nearby settlements

No one knows the exact number of the victims

Skėnderaj, 5 mars - (ARTA) 1300CET

The circle is getting tighter around the Jasharaj family house in Prekaz, twice attacked by Serbian police forces in 1992 and January this year,

Since 13.00 CET, the shootout is being concentrated in Llaushė village.

According to eyewitnesses, two of the Jasharaj family houses are on fire. On the opposite side of their house, Beqir Lushtaku's house has also been attacked from Serb armed forces.

A disturbing, but unconfirmed information claims that there were attempts to evacuate four tractors with women and children, however apparently Serb armed forces seized them and no information is available since.

In the meantime, Llaushė is overwhelmed with detonations, explosions and shooting from different calibers.

Throughout the whole day yesterday there was an enormous concentration of armed Serb forces.

First explosions were heard before 06.00 CET. The first shooting was registered around the Jasharaj family property in Prekaz and around Skėnderaj. The Serb armed forces arrived in Skėnderaj using trucks and buses, whereas once in Skėnderaj, they walked as infantry. As informed, large police forces have arrived from three directions, Mitrovicė, Gllogoc and Klinė, up to Jashanicė, where the fighting began.

It is not yet known whether Serb armed forces coming from Klinė proceeded towards Skėnderaj or went through Ujėmirė in order to reach Aēarevė and thus besiege the whole region once approaching Komoran, 10 km southwest of Gllogoc.

Trucks carrying sacks of sand and tanks equipped with different calibers, but as our sources claims, some vehicles with "Yugoslav Army" registrations and other vehicles carrying radio-communications were seen. As informed, in Prishtina's military garrisons, tanks are on alert, but so far, they did not leave their compounds.

Meanwhile, after 13.00 CET fighting is going on only in Llaushė, but other short-term shootings still can be heard in Prekaz. Some Prekaz villagers claim that as soon as doors open, shooting is produced, although there is no armed resistance.

In the meantime, Llaushė is still under fire. The exact number of the victims is yet unknown. 



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police in Drenica (update)

After shooting from distance, Serb forces are approaching the attacked villages

Sources claim that there are many wounded Albanians. Some of the wounded have been sent to Mitrovicė, as KIC reports

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 12:55 CET

As Kosova Information Center (KIC) reports, the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) branch in Mitrovicė, contacted with it's sources in Skenderaj at 12:45. This political party branch notifies that after shooting with cannons, the police forces are entering the villages of Prekaz, Vojnikė, Aēarevė and Llaushė, in the Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina).

Sources claim that there are many wounded Albanians. Some of the wounded have been sent to Mitrovicė, reports KIC.

The Serb forces have destroyed entirely the houses of Shaban Jashari and Beqir Lushtaku.

In the meantime, many policemen aboard several buses with Nish and Leskovac license plates were spotted on the road from Klina to Skenderaj, writes KIC.

The LDK branch in Mitrovicė notifies that Serb soldiers have taken position around the army barracks in the same town, whereas the firing machineguns are aimed towards the villages of Zasellė and Kēiē i Madh.

LDK branch in Mitrovicė says that there is increased presence of unknown Serbs in the town, reports KIC.



KIC claims

Serb snipers aim on Kosova President's official residence

Prishtinė 5 March, (ARTA) - 1250 CET

A Kosova Information Centre statement confirms that "since morning today (thursday) Serb snipers have been demonstrating their presence on top of the Serb security and police buildings, which is situated some 100 meters away facing the building of the Kosova Writers Association (KWA) in Prishtina.

The KWA, is where the headquartres or President Ibrahim Rugova, of Kosova'a office are, as well as the Kosova Information Centre (KIC) premises".

KIC states that "since the peaceful protests of ten of thousands of Albanians in Prishtina on Monday, March 2, the Serb police have been agreesively demostrating their presence around President Rugova's official resedence and the KIC offices".



Suburbs of Mitrovicė surrounded by military and police forces

Civilian population fears civil war

The civilian population in panic is trying to store basic nutrition needs in fear of the Serb police force's attack on Drenicė, spreading, thus causing civil war.

Kosovė, Mitrovicė (ARTA) - 1230 CET

"Koha Ditore" sources claim that Mitrovica a city 40 km north of Prishtina, is overwhelmed with military movements.

After this morning's firing in the village of Shipol, virtually a suburb of Mitrovicė the police and miltary forces have surrounded the suburb and the Mitrovica suburb of Tamnik.

The police, it has been reported, has also blocked access to stores preventing civilians to supply themeselves with basic nutrition needs. The civilian population in panic is trying to store basic nutrition needs in fear of the Serb police force's attack on Drenicė spreading, thus causing civil war.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Drenica seeks humanitarian help

So far, it is reported that none of the humanitarian organizations went to Drenicė during or after the last massacre or today's latest attack

Prishtinė, March 5 (ARTA) - 1220 CET

Several phone calls were made from Skėnderaj seeking medicines and other sanitarian aid for the huge number of people that are wounded during the today's attack of the Serbian police forces in Drenica region, 40 km west of Prishtina.

We tried to contact ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross) and IFRC (International federation of Red Cross), and both of them stated that they "will do as much as they can, to inform primarily their superiors".

DOW (Doctors of the World) said that they don't have sanitarian aid for the wounded, because as they claimed- "they only have the competence to help people with infective diseases".

At the PSF (Pharmasis Sans Frontiers) they said that "they would go to offer help to the wounded, but there are no ways to get in Drenica region", because the police did not allow any of the humanitarian organizations to enter there in the previous days.

So far, it is reported that none of the humanitarian organizations went to Drenicė during or after the last massacre, or today's latest attack.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Massive evacuation of civilians from Drenicė

The population of Drenicė sought help from humanitarian organizations as they fleed the under attack region

Serb civilian population and Bosnia's Krajina refugees evacuated from Drenicė a day before

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1215 CET

The population of Drenica plea for help from humanitarian organizations as they flee the under attack region. The villages of which is known that are attacked in the region of Drenicė are: Tėrnavc, Prekaz, Klinė e Epėrme, Klinė e Ulėt, Polac, Krushefc, Llaushė, Dubofc, Lubovec, Galic, Beqiq and Krasalicė.

According to a source from Mitrovicė, a great number of trucks, filled with women and children are coming from the attacked villages to Shipol, municipality of Mitrovicė (40 km northeast from Prishtinė). In the meantime in Gllogoc it is reported that the inhabitants of this surrounded city are abandoning their houses. A source from Vushtrri (11 km south of Mitrovicė), says there are movements of women and children from Mikushnicė, Dubofc, Galica and Beqiq heading in the direction of Vushtrri, while women and children are also leaving the villages Krajkovė, Shtrubullovė and Ēikatovė e Re as well as the inhabitants of the villages Ujėmirė, Shtaricė and Siēev.

All these reports are from 10:30 CET, in the meantime it is learned that there is a great panic among the population, for which reason people who can, are evacuating in a great majority.

A recent report given to "Koha Ditore", by Jakup Krasniqi, chairman of LDK in Glogoc, says that the villages Dashevc and Plac have been totally abandoned.

Serb civilian population and Bosnia's Krajina refugees have been evacuated from Drenicė a day before the Serb police attack was initiated. 120 Serb families, Krajina refugees, situated in Skėnderaj and Serb citizens were withdrawn from the region on the eve of the brutal attack on the Albanian civilians. The Drenicė region is over 90% ethnic Albanian.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Council for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms notifies that: The situation in the villages of Drenicė is alarming

During the insurgence on the villages of Prekaz, Llaushė, Marinė, Mikushnicė of the Skenderaj municipality, infantry units were seen using heavy artillery, including grenades, cannons, and missiles. Many houses in that region were burnt

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1200 CET

CDHRF notifies that starting from the early morning hours, a combined police, military, and paramilitary attack is being carried out against the villages of Drenicė. These forces have surrounded Drenica from different angles. The Council claims that around 70 military transporters are on their way to Skenderaj from Mitrovicė and that this road is completely blocked. Military and police forces are arriving in Skenderaj from Gllogovc as well as from Peja. The Council quotes it's sources as saying that 5 APCs, 12 trucks, 6 buses with Nish license plates, filled with policemen, as well as 9 terrain vehicles are on the way from Klina from Skenderaj. The inhabitants of Ujmirė, Shtaricė and Siēevė have abandoned their houses. Gllogovc is full of police reinforcements that have built barricades.

The council claims that Serb police movements were noticed in the direction of Junik, city in the middle of Gjakova and Peja. The council claims during the insurgence on the villages of Prekaz, Llaushė, Marinė, Mikushnicė of the Skenderaj municipality, infantry units were seen using heavy artillery, including grenades, cannons, and missiles. Many houses in that region were burnt, including the house of the family Jashari, subject of similar attacks in January as well, which has been torched to the ground. The Council's sources suppose that the number of victims could be very high. Many villages are being abandoned and the villagers are escaping in the direction of Mitrovicė and Vushtrri.



From Garrisons around Prishtina

Military reinforcement on it's way to Drenica?

Tanks and heavy armored vehicles, according to information from LDK at 11:00 CET have left their barracks in Prishtina and is supposed that they are on their way to Skėnderaj

Prishtinė, March 5 (ARTA) - 1200 CET

According to information from LDK (Democratic League of Kosova, leading party in Kosova) military tanks and heavy armored vehicles, at 11:00 CET have left their barracks in Prishtina and is supposed that they are on their way to Skėnderaj in Drenica, whilst the police forces now attacking in this region are equipped even with cannons and heavy artillery, say members of mr.Rugova's LDK party. According to them "this is one of the heaviest police expeditions till now".

"We have asked from international factors to intervene as soon as possible in order to prevent a heavy conflict. We don't know what kind of uniforms is the police army wearing, but we know that APCs are black. Till now we don't have any information about any casualties, because the villages are engulfed with fire smoke", says the LDK.

However, according to "Koha Ditore" sources, tanks and military vehicles in the Prishtina military garrison are in a state of alert, however so far they have not left the compounds. Other, unconfirmed sources claim that military units have moved towards Drenicė, from the airbase of Sllatinė, Prishtina's airport (15 km southwest of Kosova's capital of Prishtinė).

According to unconfirmed sources military movements have been reported even in cities around Serbia proper.



Rugova's spokesman - Press Briefing

Xhemajli: Unseen brutality of Belgrade's regime

Humanitarian organizations asked to help all people in attacked villages of Drenicė

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1130

Following last events in Drenica and it's villages, president Rugova's spokesmen, mr.Xhemajl Mustafa (M), held today e emergency press briefing.

Mr. Mustafa said that "today's attack in Drenica's villages proves of an unseen brutality of Belgrade's regime. Following the massacres by serb forces in Drenica villages, Likoshan and Qirez, last weekend, the serbian regime was warned by american (State) Department and European Union to prevent further escalation".

Evaluating that serb forces have undertaken today a large scale attack against residents of Prekaz and Llausha in Skėnderaj, mr. Mustafa said the arrogant behavior of serbian regime make it urgent the intervention of US, EU, UN and especially of Security Council.

In this press meeting mr.Mustafa urged for political parties to be mobilized, whilst from humanitarian organizations it was asked to help all people in attacked villages in Skėnderaj.

For further information on Drenica events, mr.Rugova's spokesmen will hold another press briefing at 13:00 CET.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica (update)

Police incursion on Drenicė

The largest serb special police force's attack on Drenica began at 0600 CET, five hours later it's still under way

Prishtinė, 5 March (ARTA) - 1130 CET

The brutal special Serb police and military action in the villages of Drenicė, central Kosova, started today at 0600 CET. According to witnesses, the villages under attack are Prekaz, Llaushė, Polac, Kuēica and numerous surrounding villages.

Many victims are believed to have resulted from the largest police assault, which is still continuing. A part of the population in Gllogoc has been evacuated.

According to "Koha ditore" sources, the action has not ceased even at 09:30 CET. Reinforcements, including APCs and heavy artillery are believed to have joined the police forces that started the attack. These sources claim that cannons and artillery are placed in the ammunition factory in Prekaz, from where they are raiding Prekaz.

The Jashari family household (where the unsuccessful attack of January took place), is burned to the ground.

Witnesses assert that the police are using APCs, armored vehicles with four machine guns with anti-aircraft missiles, and say that these reinforcements have been transported in army trucks.

Special police units (PJP), used during the Bosnian war, were also seen. The police forces attacking Drenicė, are stationed in the relation Votesh-Tėrnovc, on one side, and Polac-Runik-Llaushė, up to the old brick factory where large police forces are stationed.

Yesterday, all Serb refugees, and those from Krajina, as well as Serb citizens living there were evacuated.

Our sources notify that Gllogovc is also surrounded. In the meantime, as it is notified, police reinforcements are on their way to Drenicė from Mitrovicė and Peja.

This is believed to be the most vicious attack of the Serb police forces on Drenicė. Sources from Skenderaj notify that today, at around 9:30 CET, the neighborhood of the Jashari family, in Prekaz, is completely destroyed. Raids are being carried out from the ammunition factory in Skenderaj, a kilometer away from Prekaz. There have been detonations on the neighborhood Lushtak (also in Prekaz) and the biggest part of this neighborhood has also been destroyed.

Detonations have also been reported in the village of Llaushė, 5 km away.

The same source claims that hundreds of policemen from special units, dressed in black, are on their way from Skenderaj to the villages of Llaushė, Runik, Polac, Klinė e Begut, Vojnik, Aqarevė, Tic, Obri, Likovac, Rezall, Jashanicė.

Tanks are moving in the direction of Prekaz and Polac. In the meantime, police reinforcements are arriving from the direction of Klinė. According to the latest report the police attack continues in two directions, from Klinė towards Jashanicė, equipped with heavy artillery.

The attack still continues.



KOSOVA: Offensive of Serb special police units in Drenica


Special Serb police forces attacked again using gun cannons and heavy artillery, in addition to terrain vehicles and APCs

Kosovė, Drenicė, 5 mars - (ARTA) 1100CET

Drenica region (40 km west of Prishtina) attacked again by special Serb police forces using gun cannons and heavy artillery, in addition to terrain vehicles and APCs, at 0600CET. The police

stroke on the villages of Aqarevė, Vojnikė, Llaushė, Prekaz and surrounding villages. Eyewitnesses confirmed that heavy police forces are moving from the village of Jashanica towards Aqarevė, while supporting forces have been reported to have left Peja in the direction of Drenicė. According to the Human Rights Council (CDHRF) the house of the Jasharaj family, in the village of Prekaz (3 km southwest of Skėnderaj) subjected to repeated Serb unit attacks, in 1992, as well as in early January this year, but never conquered, has been burned to the ground, using grenades and heavy artillery, stationed at the ammunition factory in Skėnderaj. Even after 0930 CET heavy police forces are still reported to flood the Drenicė region, accompanied by furthermore APCs and armored cars with antiaircraft weapons. The front line of firing stretches across the villages of Tėrnovc moving down to Runik, towards the Southwest and continuing down to Voēnjak, south, Aqarevė and Rezallė towards the north and Llaushė, thus forming an iron circle of approximately 30 square km. Tens of villages are under continuous fire, while the exact number of dead or wounded is not yet known. Witnesses confirm that along the military logistics, food supplies have also been brought by the Serb police, which might indicate that the expedition might last.

The CDHRF claims, according to on the spot reports, that there are tens of dead and wounded, while population has fled the city of Gllogovc (50 km southwest of Prishtinė) and the surrounding villages of Likushan and Qirez. These two villages were the scenes of what has come to be known as the Drenicė Massacre, last weekend, in which combined Serb police and military forces massacred 25 civilians. Despite calls for peace and restraint, depicted at the all national Albanian protests held in Prishtinė, in sign of indignation and support for the Drenicė population, which were brutally repressed by Serb riot police, leaving a large number of injured and despite the warnings of the International Community, that Yugoslavia might face further sanctions if the Kosova problem is not tackled in a peaceful manner, Serbian authorities once again proved that peace is not what they have in mind.