BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA/CROATIA: UN REPORT HEAVY FIGHTING BETWEEN MOSLEM BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT ARMY AND BOSNIAN SERB...
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA/CROATIA: UN REPORT HEAVY FIGHTING BETWEEN MOSLEM BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT ARMY AND BOSNIAN SERB FORCES AROUND BIHAC
- Date: 20th November 1994
- Summary: VELIKA KLADUSA AND BALTNICA (NEAR ZENICA), BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA / KNIN, CROATIA / TRAVNIK, VISOKO AND NEAR VISOKO, CENTRAL BOSNIA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 20 AND 21, 1994) (REUTERS TELEVISION - AVAILABLE ALL) VELIKA KLADUSA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 20) 1. HAS,GV TOWN FROM SURROUNDING HEIGHTS/VARIOUS OF TRACER FIRE HITTNG BUILDINGS AND SURROUNDING WOODS (3 SHOTS) 0.17 2. HAS,LV BUILDINGS TAKING DIRECT HITS/ SMOKE RISING 0.27 3. HAS,SV DAMAGED HOUSES/ SOME BUILDINGS SMOULDERING 0.31 BALTNICA, NEAR ZENICA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 20) 4. SV TRACKS BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS WALKING ALONG ROAD (2 SHOTS) 0.41 5. SV BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIER RUNNING FOLLOWED BY TELEVISION CAMERMAN 0.45 6. SV SOLDIERS LOOKING DOWN TOWARDS TOWN IN VALLEY BELLOW (2 SHOTS) 0.53 VELIKA KLADUSA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 20) 7. HAS,SV/ZOOM-OUT/HAS,GV DAMAGE HOUSE IN VALLEY BELLOW 0.58 8. SV INT.REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIERS IN OBSERVATION POST ABOVE TOWN (2 SHOTS) 1.06 9. SV INT.REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIERS FIRING HEAVY MACHINE GUN AT UNSEEN TARGETS 1.11 10. HAS,GV/ZOOM-IN/HAS,LV BUILDINGS OF TOWN IN VALLEY BELLOW BEING SHELLED (3 SHOTS) 1.20 KNIN, CROATIA (NOVEEMBER 20) 11. GV EXT.OF HOSPITAL IN SERB HELD KNIN 1.23 12. SV HOSPITAL MEDICAL STAFF TREATING WOUNDED MAN, ALLEGEDLY A REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIER (2 SHOTS) 1.36 13. SV/ZOOM OUT WOUNDED REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIERS BEING TREATED (2 SHOTS) 1.47 TRAVNIK, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 21) 14. LV ARMY BASE WITH SIGN OUTSIDE READING: AMBER ALERT 1.51 15. SV/CU/SLV VARIOUS BRITISH UNPROFOR TROOPS (5 SHOTS) 2.12 NEAR VISOKO, 22KM NORTH OF SARAJEVO, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 21) 16.SV/HILLSIDE/ZOOM-OUT/SV CANADIAN UNRPOFOR TROOPS LOOKING THROUGH BINOCULARS (4 SHOTS) 2.21 VISOKO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 21) 17. SV CAPT RICHARD MOREAU, CANADIAN UNPROFOR OFFICER, DESCRIBING STATE OF ALERT (ENGLISH) 2.37 TRANSCRIPT OF SEQUENCE 14: MOREAU: "THE STATE OF ALERT THROUGHOUT SECTOR SOUTH WEST AND MOST OF BOSNIA IS CURRENTLY AT RED HOWEVER THE LOCAL COMMANDERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN ENOUGH FLEXIBILITY TO CARRY OUT OPERATIONS AS LONG AS IT IS SAFE FOR THEIR TROOPS ENVOLVED IN THOSE OPERATIONS." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: VELIKA KLADUSA AND BALTNICA (NEAR ZENICA), BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA/ KNIN, CROATIA/ TRAVNIK, VISOKO AND NEAR VISOKO, CENTRAL BOSNIA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
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- Story Text: United Nations (U.N.) officials reported heavy fighting between the mainly Moslem Bosnian government army and Bosnian Serb forces around the enclave of Bihac on Monday (November 21).
The mainly Moslem Bosnian government army was fighting off Serbs from Bosnia and Croatia as well as a rebel Moslem faction led by local warlord Fikret Abdic.
The United Nations declared Bihac a "safe area" earlier this year, supposedly making it a refuge for the local civilian populations.
In the north of the enclave, Moslem rebels allied with Serb forces battled government troops in Velika Kladusa in fierce fighting, a Reuters journalist reported. The Moslem rebels were hammering government positions from a hill commanding the town, as both sides traded machine-gun and artillery fire.
Wounded rebel Moslem soldiers were reportedly getting treatment at a hospital in Knin, inside Serb held Croatia. Serb forces in neighbouring Croatia have backed up the Bosnian Serb assault on Bihac enclave with air power and artillery.
But while Bosnian government forces appeared to be on the defensive in the north of the country, they appeared to be having some successes further south.
Near Zenica, government forces were reportedly taking up positions recently abandoned by the Serbs. Bosnian government forces were seen in the village of Baltnica on Sunday (November 20), securing positions and coming under sporadic Serbian sniper fire.
United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) troops throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina went on "amber alert" -- the second highest alert level -- on Monday (November 21) shortly after the allied air strikeagainst the Serb airbase at Ubdina in Serb-occupied Croatia.
British and Canadian UNPROFOR soldiers said the move was a precaution against possible retaliatory attacks by Bosnian Serb forces.
The relatively lightly armed UNPROFOR forces are scattered throughout Bosnia, often in close proximity to nearby warring factions.
Canadian UNPROFOR officer Captain Steve Estey, based in Visoko, north west of the capital, Sarajevo, on Monday briefed reporters on the close positions of both Bosnian Serb and Bosnian government troops.
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