5 Dec. 1999
Roland Lavoie, KFOR Spokesman
KFOR continues humanitarian effort
Although security remains KFOR's main focus of attention, troops in all
brigades are helping the local population to cope with the lack of basic
goods and the arrival of winter.
Over the weekend, French KFOR troops delivered approximately 5,000 tiles,
4500 doorframes and 800 beams to six villages in co-operation with the
non-governmental organization ADRA. Multinational Brigade South brought
food and clothes to the village of Lez. Multinational Brigade Centre is
supporting the UNHCR in the installation of homeless Romas in a camp in
Plementina, and the brigade continued to deliver firewood to minorities
in Radevo and Skulanovo. In Multinational Brigade East, KFOR troops transported
humanitarian aid to the village of Staro Selo, Klokot and Firaja. Finally,
Multinational Brigade West supported a variety of humanitarian projects
in Duskaja, Zac, Dakovica and Svrhe, where the local population was provided,
depending on their needs, with tents, stoves, prefabricated houses and
Events and incidents in Kosovo over the last 24 hours:
- Two bodies found in Pristina:
The bodies of two Kosovo Albanian men, both in their mid-twenties, were
found yesterday at 10:00 hrs in downtown Pristina. Initial reports revealed
that the victims have been killed by gunshots no more than 24 hours
earlier. A KFOR explosive ordnance disposal team examined the site and
found one pistol, one magazine and the shaped charge of a rocket propelled
grenade. UNMIK Police are in charge of the ongoing investigation.
- Kidnapped Serb found dead in Zegovac:
One man who was declared missing on Friday evening was found dead yesterday
evening near the Kosovo Hotel in Zegovac, in the area of Gnjilane. The
body was found as a result of an investigation launched after receipt
of a complaint of kidnapping. KFOR and UNMIK Police are conducting a
joint investigation. The suspected cause of death, a stabbing assault,
has not been confirmed yet by an autopsy.
- Serb woman killed near Urosevac:
A 56 year-old Serb woman was found dead in front of her house yesterday
evening near Urosevac, in Multinational Brigade East. She had been shot
four times in the chest. UNMIK Police are investigating this cruel murder.
- Albanian mine casualty brought to Kosovo Yesterday afternoon, a wounded
man was brought to Multinational Brigade South Headquarters by civilians.
According to witnesses, the man stepped on a mine near the Albanian
village of Borje and suffered serious injuries to one leg. He was rescued
by Kosovo Albanians, and was later evacuated to hospital by KFOR troops.
- Fire destroy three shops in Mitrovica Market:
A fire occurred yesterday evening in the civilian market located in
south Mitrovica. The local fire service intervened and contained the
fire. The cause of the fire is not known at this time and UNMIK Police
have started an investigation.
- Explosion caused no serious damage:
Yesterday, KFOR received reports of an apparent grenade explosion heard
the night before in the vicinity of the LDK party building in Decane,
in Multinational Brigade West. Fortunately, no injuries or damage were
- KFOR remains vigilant at border and boundary controls:
Again yesterday, KFOR troops prevented five individuals from entering
illegally into Kosovo through the Morina border crossing point, in Multinational
- Weapons confiscation:
Search operations and checkpoints controls throughout Kosovo once again
allowed the confiscation of several weapons over the last 24 hours,
in Zid Sadih (Multinational Brigade West), in Dobrusa (Multinational
Brigade West), Dakovica, Kosovo Polje and Mitrovica. People found in
possession of illegal weapons are arrested by Military Police or UNMIK
Police, and will be subject to criminal prosecution.