YUGOSLAVIA: ALBANIAN FIGHTERS FIGHT BATTLES WITH SERBIAN SECURITY FORCES IN WESTERN KOSOVO
- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: ALBANIAN FIGHTERS FIGHT BATTLES WITH SERBIAN SECURITY FORCES IN WESTERN KOSOVO
- Date: 18th July 1998
- Summary: DJERAVICA, KOSOVO, SERBIA, YUGOSLAVIA (JULY 18, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/SLV/SV OF YUGOSLAV SOLDIERS PATROLLING ON GROUND (9 SHOTS) 1.04 2. LV/SV EIGHT DEAD KLA (KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY) SOLDIERS LYING ON GROUND (5 SHOTS) 1.35 3. GV HELICOPTER FLYING OVER AREA 1.40 4. SLV YUGOSLAV SOLDIER 1.45 5. SLV/SV/LV HELICOPTER LANDING TO PICK UP CAPTURED WEAPONS (3 SHOTS) 2.06 6. SV/LAS/CU OF WEAPONS ON GROUND/ SOLDIERS CARRYING WEAPONS TO HELICOPTER (4 SHOTS) 2.33 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: DJERAVICA, KOSOVO, SERBIA, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Duration: 00:02:34
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- Story Text: Armed Albanian fighters have fought pitched battles with Serbian security forces in western Kosovo as they struggled for control of the disputed province's border with neighbouring Albania.
Albania on Saturday (July 18) said Serbian shells had landed on its territory as Serbian security forces by their own account ambushed 1,000 ethnic Albanian fighters trying to cross into Kosovo at Djeravica.
The shelling was denied in Pristina by a Serbian security source who said the attempted infiltration was the biggest in the 4-1/2 month conflict.
A Reuters Television crew filmed eight dead Albanians at the scene of the ambush but quoted unofficial Serbian security sources as saying at least 30 of the infiltrators had been killed.
A Yugoslav soldier was badly wounded in the fighting, and a Serbian policeman was killed by a sniper on his way to reinforce the the army.
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