NATO strikes Yugoslavia as U.N. delegation prepares visit
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NATO carries out rare daytime bombing
May 16, 1999
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BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN) -- As a U.N. delegation was set to begin a humanitarian visit to Yugoslavia on Sunday, officials reported that NATO aircraft struck Serb forces in southern Kosovo.
NATO hit six tanks and armored vehicles, as well as electrical power transformers supplying the Smederevo iron and steel plant and Bor copper smelter and refinery.
Other strategic targets included military radio relay sites, highway bridges at Kosmaca and Kursumilija. Army barracks and a command post at Pristina were also struck.
The humanitarian officials, who plan a 10-day tour of Serbia, including parts of Kosovo, will be the first U.N. representatives to visit Yugoslavia since NATO began airstrikes almost two months ago.
U.N. relief coordinator Sergio Vierira de Mello heads the
group of officials from the High Commissioner for Refugees and the Children's Emergency Fund -- both U.N. agencies -- as well as the World Health Organization.
Vierira de Mello said the delegation has been assured it can
move freely in Yugoslavia.
During news briefings Saturday, NATO officials continued to
answer questions regarding an airstrike that Yugoslav
officials say killed 87 ethnic Albanians Thursday night in
Korisa, a town in southern Kosovo.
Alliance officials said a military storage facility in Korisa
was targeted and suggested that Yugoslav troops forced
refugees there at the time of the bombings.
"We know there is a real threat of human shields all the way
through Kosovo," Clark said at Rinas airport in Albania,
where he visited the U.S. Army's Apache helicopter attack
Yugoslav officials, who said no military units were in the
area, called the allegation "crazy," according to Serb media.
NATO officials say they were targeting a military storage facility in Korisa
Defense officials in Skopje said Saturday that military aid from Bulgaria has begun to arrive in Macedonia.
The country has had virtually no national defenses since it
broke away from Yugoslavia. The deliveries mark the first time Macedonia has owned major military hardware since 1991.
The equipment includes 94 Soviet-built T-55A tanks and 108
howitzer cannons with 40 tons of ammunition.
Macedonia, an impoverished Balkan nation straining to support
one-third of the 780,000 ethnic Albanians that have fled
the fighting in Kosovo, recently received a pledge from the
United States for $21 million in economic aid for the
In other developments:
Yugoslav forces blocked Montenegro's border with Albania on
Saturday and seized up to 25 ethnic Albanian refugees trying
to enter Montenegro, the republic's deputy prime minister
Albanian television reported Saturday that Serb forces had murdered 12 youths in the Kosovo village of Izbice as
revenge for the killing of a Yugoslav soldier.
A Serb official called pictures of a reported Serb massacre of 127 ethnic Albanians a hoax. He claimed that pro-NATO forces dragged the bodies from separate morgues and staged the attack.
The U.N. Security Council issued a statement expressing "deep distress and concern" over the NATO bombing that killed three people in the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade a week ago. China, which with Russia abstained from the Saturday vote, had pushed for a stronger statement that condemned the attack.
Correspondents Walter Rodgers, Tom Fenton and Brent Sadler
contributed to this report.
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Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
Kesovo and Metohija facts
Serbia Ministry of Information
Serbia Now! News
Kosova Crisis Center
Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
Kosovo - from Albanian.com
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
Doctors Without Borders
U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
Doctors of the World
The IOM Migration Web
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
ReliefWeb: Home page
The Jewish Agency for Israel
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Tribune
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.China
1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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