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Yugoslavia reports more civilian casualties in NATO attacks

An ethnic Albanian man, weak from walking for miles, is helped by fellow refugees as he crosses from Kosovo into Albania following his release from a Serb jail  
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May 29, 1999
Web posted at: 9:27 p.m. EDT (0127 GMT)

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NATO unmoved by Belgrade overture

Russia blasts NATO amid fruitless diplomacy

More missing Kosovo men enter Albania


BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN) -- NATO warplanes continued attacks on Yugoslavia Saturday, killing three people, wounding 30 and destroying the center of a town, Yugoslav media reported.

One person died and several were injured in the afternoon when NATO bombs hit Camurlija, a village just northwest of Nis, Serbia's third largest city, according to Tanjug, Yugoslavia's official news agency.

Three Camurlija children remain hospitalized with serious injuries after a missile crashed into a house, Tanjug said.

On Saturday, the 67th day of attacks, NATO aircraft flew more than 600 missions, including 219 strike attacks, alliance officials said.

Saturday's airstrikes hit airfields at Ponikve and Sjenica, a fuel storage area at the Batajnica air base northwest of Belgrade and two military tanks, according to NATO.

State-run Serbian TV said NATO bombs also hit the country's power grid, including a power plant at Drmno west of Belgrade, and plunged much of the country into darkness.

NATO unmoved by Belgrade overture

NATO vowed to intensify the air assaults, discounting Belgrade's statement that -- after talks with Russian envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin -- it would accept the "general principles" of a peace framework sketched out in early May by Russia and the seven leading industrial nations.

Belgrade "must understand there will be no relief until Yugoslavia accepts the non-negotiable demands of the international community," said NATO spokesman Peter Daniel.

NATO and U.S. officials said there had to be concrete evidence of Belgrade fulfilling key conditions, including a military withdrawal from Kosovo to allow the entry of international peacekeeping troops and the return of ethnic Albanian refugees.

"We ... certainly have seen no invitation for the displaced people to return to their homes," said U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Doubleday, a Pentagon spokesman.

Russia blasts NATO amid fruitless diplomacy

Amid the continuing airstrikes, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Saturday criticized NATO for its lukewarm endorsements of Russia's diplomatic initiatives.

"Russian efforts and the direct efforts of ... Viktor Chernomyrdin have not found the understanding and proper support of NATO leadership," Ivanov said.

"NATO continues using ultimatums to insist Belgrade and the entire international community accept the alliance's demands."

The prime ministers of France and Germany called for a meeting to assess the discussions this week between Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and Chernomyrdin. The Russian envoy plans to return to Belgrade next week for more talks.

More missing Kosovo men enter Albania

Pratt and Wallace
CARE workers Pratt, left, and Wallace, right, were convicted of espionage by a Yugoslav military panel  

In other developments Saturday:

  • Some 250 Kosovo men released from a Serb prison crossed into Albania, the latest of some 2,000 men who have been released over the past eight days.

  • A five-judge Yugoslav military panel convicted two Australian aid workers of espionage and sentenced them to prison. CARE International worker Steven Pratt was sentenced to 12 years, and Peter Wallace was handed a four-year term. A Yugoslav CARE worker, Branko Jelen, received a six-year term. CARE officials insist the workers were innocent; their lawyers plan to appeal.

  • Investigators interviewed Kosovo refugees at Fort Dix, New Jersey, for evidence of possible war crimes by Serb forces, a U.S. State Department official said. The U.N. war crimes tribunal indicted Milosevic and four top aids earlier in the week for crimes against humanity, citing widespread reports of atrocities against Kosovo Albanians.

  • The Pentagon announced it will send another 68 aircraft to the Balkans next week. The new planes will bring the NATO air fleet in the Balkans to a total of 1,089 aircraft, 769 from the United States.

  • At the Pentagon, Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Wald expressed concern about risks associated with upcoming humanitarian airdrops over Kosovo to help displaced ethnic Albanians. The first missions, scheduled for Monday, will be flown by Moldovan pilots in private planes. They will not have NATO escorts.

Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty, Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Reuters contributed to this report.

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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

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

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from

  • 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

Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

  • Doctors without borders
  • 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

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

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