Updated: 6 December 1999 KFOR Press Updates


5 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Major 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 even food.

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 reported.
  • 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 Brigade South.
  • 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.

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