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17 Kosovo churches, monasteries and convents looted or set ablaze
Reuters ^ | Thu 18 March, 2004 21:22 | Fredrik Dahl

Posted on 03/18/2004 2:55:28 PM PST by konijn

Serbs brace for more attacks Thu 18 March, 2004 21:22

By Fredrik Dahl

PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Albanians have set fire to Serb churches across Kosovo in a second day of attacks as NATO boosted its force by 1,000 and vowed to stamp out ethnic violence with "robust" action.

Serbia and Montenegro's Defence Minister Boris Tadic said he expected more violence in the majority Albanian province and appealed to NATO to do more to calm the "terrible situation".

"I am afraid there will be more attacks during the night. This is an emergency situation and we need the help of the international community," Tadic told a news conference on Thursday in Bratislava, where he was attending a European forum.

The appeal came after the worst ethnic clashes in Kosovo since NATO and the United Nations took control of the province from Serbia in 1999.

At least 23 people -- Albanians and Serbs -- were killed, and 500 wounded, of whom 20 were in intensive care.

"The thousands of ethnic Albanians that attacked KFOR, the police, Serb enclaves and churches should be aware of robust reserve forces," KFOR mission commander General Holger Kammerhoff of Germany told reporters in the capital, Pristina.

Commanders of the multinational brigades were authorised to use "proportional force necessary to ensure safety of our soldiers, to protect the innocent people of Kosovo and reestablish freedom of movement of all of Kosovo", he said.

CHURCHES, MONASTERIES ABLAZE

A Serb official in Lipljan, central Kosovo, said about 300 Albanians were trying to enter a church protected by Finnish U.N. peacekeepers. Some threw hand grenades and Finnish troops fired back, municipal leader Borivoje Vignjevic told Reuters.

Serb Orthodox clergy in Kosovo said 17 churches, monasteries and convents had been looted or set ablaze.

Nuns from Devic Monastery near Srbica, south of Mitrovica, were flown out on KFOR helicopters -- after French troops sought church permission -- when at least 1,000 armed Albanians threatened the convent, the church said.

The Orthodox church in Pristina was also burning on Thursday evening and the priest was hiding in the cellar of his parish house next door, a spokesman at the Belgrade Patriarchy said.

NATO troops fired tear gas and plastic rounds to stop an Albanian march on Caglavica, a Serb village hit in the violence.

In the central town of Obilic, Serbs appealed to KFOR for weapons to defend themselves as Albanians, whose religion is Islam, set fire to their homes and drove them out.

"There are no more Serbs in Obilic," local Serb Mirce Jakoljevic told Belgrade's B92 radio. "I urge our state to exert the strongest possible pressure on KFOR to send us weapons."

FROM CLARK TO JONES

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General James L. Jones -- whose predecessor but one General Wesley Clark bombed Serbia to force it out of Kosovo -- said extra troops were part of "a prudent reinforcement" of 18,500 already there.

"The reinforcements include a battalion sized, rapid response reserve force" to be deployed where needed, he said.

The violence began on Monday when a Serb teenager was wounded in a drive-by shooting. The following day three Albanian boys drowned in a river, reportedly after being chased by Serbs. On Wednesday, the province exploded.

Serbia's main representative on Kosovo, Nebojsa Covic told Serbs in Mitrovica the violence "has all been organised in advance and pre-planned by Albanians and their lobbyists".

"This might be the decisive battle for Kosovo and the survival of Serbs in Kosovo and we must win," he said.

In a session of the Kosovo parliament, representatives of three main Albanian parties said the only way to calm Kosovo was to declare it independent - a constant demand held at bay by the United Nations, which wants peace before any status decision.

U.S. soldiers blocked the Pristina-Mitrovica road and were checking all travellers as 150 more U.S. troops and 80 Italian carabinieri arrived and Britain readied 750 troops.

In Serbia, the Interior Ministry put paramilitary police on the boundary with Kosovo on the top level of combat readiness.

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica urged the U.N. Security Council to act to stop "ethnic cleansing" by Albanians.

"We are doing our utmost to find a political solution to stop this," he told Serbian state television.

Angry protesters in Serbia's three main cities stoned and burned mosques and other Islamic buildings on Wednesday night, furious at what they called NATO's failure to check Albanian "terrorism".


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: balkans; churchburnings; islam; kfor; kosovo; kosovowar; persecution; religionofpeace; religiouscleansing

1 posted on 03/18/2004 2:55:30 PM PST by konijn
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To: konijn
It is so good the the United Nations is right there bringing peace to that war-torn country (sarcasm off)
2 posted on 03/18/2004 2:57:30 PM PST by LauraJean (Fukai please pass the squid sauce)
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To: LauraJean
USA was helping the Muslim Albanians against the Serbs.
Albright brought us into this senseless war.
3 posted on 03/18/2004 3:02:34 PM PST by tessalu
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To: LauraJean
They have to go through so many layers to get permission to fire on the perps..I hate the thought of Iraq coalition forces so restrained.
4 posted on 03/18/2004 3:03:15 PM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: LauraJean
Is there anything, I'm serious, anything at all the UN has done right?


5 posted on 03/18/2004 3:06:24 PM PST by Spruce
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To: konijn
The mohameddan Albanians doing what they do best: pillaging, murdering, Christians.

Where is Europe? Where is NATO? I hate to say this but the brutality and unfinished business of Muslim Turkish occupation of the region for over 5 hundred years and more will lead to yet another major war in Europe.

America is in this for the long haul.

6 posted on 03/18/2004 3:08:32 PM PST by eleni121 (Preempt and Prevent)
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To: konijn
Serb Orthodox clergy in Kosovo said 17 churches, monasteries and convents had been looted or set ablaze.

Tearful bump.

7 posted on 03/18/2004 3:10:51 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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To: konijn
Forgot the picture of the Serbian Church in Mitrovica
8 posted on 03/18/2004 3:14:30 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Salve Regina
Were are the 6000 US camp bondsteel inhabitants?
10 posted on 03/18/2004 3:17:08 PM PST by konijn
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To: MadelineZapeezda
Burning churches that's Clintons game. Vote for me or I'll
burn all your churches and put you kids on the streets.
You mean Clinton and the UN didn't kill all the Serbs?
Another election of church burnings and bombings.
11 posted on 03/18/2004 3:25:13 PM PST by rebapiper
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To: konijn
Muhammad-inspired persecution of Christians, Jews and all non-Muslims continues...

Mohammed, The Mad Poet Quoted....
12 posted on 03/18/2004 3:26:43 PM PST by miltonim
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To: konijn
THE 6000 US inhabitants are RIGHT HERE


13 posted on 03/18/2004 3:29:56 PM PST by Makedonski
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To: Spruce
Nope.... Bill Clinton has been correct more times than the UN. That should be enough reason right there to completely withdraw from that God-forsaken "Institution".

In this case - we go in and help the Albanians (notice how the press dodges the fact that these are MUSLIMS), and how do they react? By burning and looting CHRISTIAN churches.

Yep, religion of peace in action.
15 posted on 03/18/2004 3:36:02 PM PST by TheBattman (leadership = http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/gwbbio.html)
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To: konijn
Look at BBC slide of the story!!!

Kosovo violence BBC

Unbelievable!

Lets look at the slides. 1 of 11 A second day of clashes saw religious sites targeted - here in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica Albanian protesters managed to burn a Serb Orthodox church.

THEY ARE ALBANIAN PROTESTORS?? PROTESTING AGAINST WHAT?

THEY MANAGED to burn a church?

4 of 11 There was also the rare occasion of an Albanian putting out the fire at his Serb neighbour's house.

EVEN WHEN THE WORST OF ALBANIAN TERRORISM IS SHOWN BBC finds a nice Pro Albanian propaganda angle.

5 of 11 But the two sides remain poles apart - Kosovo Albanians protest to demand independence as a way of ending the long conflict.

I THOUGHT IT WAS a violence due to some boys drowning in the river BBC KNOWS IT IS PROTEST ABOUT INDEPENDENCE

16 posted on 03/18/2004 3:58:12 PM PST by Makedonski
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To: eleni121
Where is Europe?

Sleeping as usual, and pulling the covers over their collective heads thinking that this will just - go - away like everything else.
17 posted on 03/18/2004 4:06:44 PM PST by OpusatFR (Liberals lie because the truth would kill them all off.)
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To: konijn
this is just finsihing the job
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=The+antichrist+unveils+his+kingdom
19 posted on 03/18/2004 4:10:07 PM PST by Truth666
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To: konijn
I thought when Clinton and Albright bombed the Christians to smitherines all over Muslim "mass graves" that were NEVER there, all this bloodshed would stop! /sarcasm
20 posted on 03/18/2004 4:14:08 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: konijn
LATEST NEWS:

Morter rounds landed in the grounds of a hospital in Mitrovica fired from the Southern Albanian side.

A Danish soldier has died shot by Albanians in Mitrovica half an hour ago.
22 posted on 03/18/2004 4:47:26 PM PST by Makedonski
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To: Makedonski
By mortar shot or gunshot?
23 posted on 03/18/2004 4:48:19 PM PST by joan
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To: joan
I think gunshot I don't think it is the mortar incident.

I am following beograd.com and serbiancafe.com
24 posted on 03/18/2004 4:54:03 PM PST by Makedonski
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To: Makedonski
inet news says it was a sniper and that the Danish soldiers killed the sniper:

"It has been confirmed that Danish KFOR soldier was killed by the Albanian extremist sniper. Danish soldiers have killed ethnic Albanian sniper in action that followed."

25 posted on 03/18/2004 5:06:33 PM PST by joan
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To: LauraJean
It is so good the the United Nations is right there bringing peace to that war-torn country (sarcasm off)

The attack on Serbia was not approved by UN. It was work of NATO. Occupying troops are primarily from NATO.

26 posted on 03/18/2004 7:53:27 PM PST by A. Pole (<SARCASM> The genocide of Albanians was stopped in its tracks before it began.</S>)
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To: joan
Per Security Council report "at least 31 have died" w/other sources reporting 20 in ICU, probably include soldiers.
27 posted on 03/19/2004 5:20:02 AM PST by getgoing
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To: konijn; All
Flashback Bump
28 posted on 02/23/2006 3:44:59 PM PST by Conservative Firster
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