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World - Europe

U.S.: Serbs destroying bodies of Kosovo victims

hundreds of refugees
Kosovar refugees pouring into camps bring tales of murder and say the Serbs will not allow them to get food  
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 MESSAGE BOARD:
Crisis in Kosovo
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Strike on Yugoslavia

May 5, 1999
Web posted at: 8:51 p.m. EDT (0051 GMT)

From CNN's Sharona Schwartz

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Serb forces in Kosovo are destroying the bodies of murdered ethnic Albanians and are using hunger as a way to drive others from the province, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday.

"We continue to hear from refugees ... a number of accounts of different kinds of crimes and atrocities, including recently that Serb forces are burning or destroying the bodies of their victims," said James Foley, State Department deputy spokesman.

In the area of Slatina in northern Kosovo, Foley said, "26 ethnic Albanian men were reportedly abducted and murdered and their corpses thrown down a well. The well was dynamited to destroy both the bodies and the well.

"In another case, refugees report that more than 60 ethnic Albanians were killed in Kacanik -- south of Pristina near the Macedonian border -- between May 1 and 2," he said.

"Witnesses report that a large number of bodies were taken to Urosevac ... where their disposition is unknown," Foley said.

War crimes experts say the Serbs appear to be trying to destroy evidence of "crimes that they've been committing since before the NATO airstrikes began," Foley added.

There are also increasing reports from refugees that Serbs are firing artillery shells at displaced ethnic Albanians hiding in the mountains of Kosovo, he said.

Foley added: "In many ways, the flight of refugees from Kosovo is increasingly a flight from hunger."


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RELATED SITES:
Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Relief:
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis


Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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