April 14, 1999 |
In a significant escalation of tensions between the two Balkan neighbors, Albania on Tuesday charged that Yugoslav troops had violated its territory, shelling and burning homes in a remote border village before withdrawing. Yugoslav officials denied the report, but international peace monitors in the border area said Yugoslav troops had entered the village of Kamenica and set part of it on fire before withdrawing after 1 1/2 hours.
August 18, 1998 |
Serbian forces captured three more villages in western Kosovo, pushing ethnic Albanian militants away from Pec, the province's second-largest city, media reported Monday. Yugoslavia's state-run Tanjug news agency said Serbian police "crushed" important strongholds of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army in the villages of Lodja, Grabovac and Rausic, all just outside Pec. The push comes a day after the Serbs gained control of Junik, the rebels' main logistical and weapons distribution center.
November 5, 1999 |
U.S. diplomat William Walker, the former head of an international monitoring mission in Kosovo, walked past hundreds of smiling admirers Thursday on a hillside above this village. Then he reached the cemetery, and the mood turned somber. At the burial site for 45 ethnic Albanian massacre victims, Walker and a local dignitary spoke solemnly as relatives sat by the graves and fought back tears. Afterward, one of the bereaved women, Sherife Syla, 62, rose and said she wanted to say a few words.
May 24, 1999 |
More than 500 exhausted, emaciated Kosovo men of fighting age staggered across the border into Albania on Sunday, telling harrowing tales of being beaten, starved and forced to fight one another like gladiators before their Serbian captors.
May 17, 1999 |
Something strange is going on in this Kosovo Albanian village in what was once a hard-line guerrilla stronghold, where NATO accuses Serbs of committing genocide. An estimated 15,000 displaced ethnic Albanians live in and around Svetlje, in northern Kosovo, and hundreds of young men are everywhere, strolling along the dirt roads or lying on the grass on a spring day.
May 1, 1999 |
With air raid sirens wailing on a day of intense NATO bombing, the Rev. Jesse Jackson embraced three U.S. prisoners of war in a Serbian military judge's chambers Friday evening and led a prayer for their freedom. "Help is on the way and hope is in the air, and soon--very soon--you will know peace and family," the civil rights leader said in a huddle with the servicemen in the first video of the trio aired since their capture a month ago.