May 19, 2001 |
Macedonian army artillery targeted northern hillside rebel positions, shattering an unofficial cease-fire. But the guns fell silent after six volleys, suggesting that the government was honoring a pledge to act with restraint. The shells were fired at the villages of Slupcane, Orizare and Vaksince in the Kumanovo region near the border with the Yugoslav region of Kosovo. Government forces have been fighting ethnic Albanian insurgents in the area since the beginning of this month.
May 6, 2001 |
Macedonia's troops shelled positions of ethnic Albanian rebels while the president hurriedly examined political concessions to the Albanian minority aimed at averting civil war. A senior ethnic Albanian politician said there were unconfirmed reports that as many as 10 civilians had been killed in the latest upsurge in fighting.
May 4, 2001 |
Macedonian forces backed by helicopter gunships launched an offensive Thursday against ethnic Albanian rebels after two soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped in an ambush near the border with Yugoslavia. The rebels were holding as many as 2,000 villagers as "human shields" against government troops and had taken up positions in the upper floors of houses in villages near the city of Kumanovo, army spokesman Blagoja Markovski said.
April 29, 2001 |
Ethnic Albanian militants ambushed Macedonian security forces on patrol near the tense boundary with Kosovo on Saturday, killing eight and wounding eight others, a military spokesman said. The attack marked the first time in weeks that fighting rocked the border area. The relative calm had followed a massive Macedonian government offensive to crush an ethnic Albanian insurgency.
March 25, 2001 |
Army helicopters swooped over a mountain within sight of this city and fired several rockets at suspected guerrilla hide-outs Saturday in the first air assault of Macedonia's month-old ethnic conflict. The government wasted little time deploying the two MI-24 attack helicopters after acquiring them Friday from Ukraine.
March 17, 2001 |
Mortar shells exploded in the center of this embattled city for the first time Friday after several hours of withering fire from police units failed to stop an assault by ethnic Albanian guerrillas. At least four shells exploded about 3:15 p.m., one of them in the main intersection and another against the wall of a home, as the pitched battle spilled into the heart of Tetovo from the nearby mountains.