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NATO Planes Buzz Sarajevo to Halt Fighting

November 07, 1994| From Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — North Atlantic Treaty Organization warplanes buzzed Sarajevo on Sunday in a show of force to halt escalating fighting that threatened to plunge Bosnia's capital back into warfare.

Lt. Gen. Michael Rose, U.N. commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina, met Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic to protest the fighting. Another U.N. official spoke by phone with the Bosnian Serbs at their headquarters in Pale, east of Sarajevo.

Both sides were given "the same kind of warning" about the deteriorating situation, said Rose's spokesman, Lt. Col. Tim Spicer. He did not elaborate.

Fighting around the capital reignited Saturday when government forces fired four mortar shells from the southern suburb of Hrasnica at Bosnian Serb positions in Ilidza, southwest of the capital, U.N. military spokesman Maj. Koos Sol said.

Bosnian radio said eight civilians were wounded in Hrasnica. The Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA said three civilians were wounded in Ilidza.

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