MACEDONIA: FIGHTING BETWEEN MACEDONIAN ARMY FORCES AND ETHNIC ALBANIAN GUERRILLAS PREVENT RED CROSS MEDICAL TEAM...
- Title: MACEDONIA: FIGHTING BETWEEN MACEDONIAN ARMY FORCES AND ETHNIC ALBANIAN GUERRILLAS PREVENT RED CROSS MEDICAL TEAM FROM REACHING SHELLED VILLAGES
- Date: 25th May 2001
- Summary: NEAR VAKCINCE, MACEDONIA (MAY 25, 2001) (REUTERS) 1. LV MACEDONIAN SOLDIERS RUNNING THROUGH A FIELD 0.15 2. LV OF SOLDIERS RUNNING THROUGH A FIELD 0.30 3. LV MACEDONIAN SOLDIERS TAKING COVER, TANKS FIRING, SMOKE RISING 0.37 4. LV HOUSE BEING SHELLED 0.45 5. LV MACEDONIAN SOLDIERS RUNNING THROUGH FIELD 0.53 6. LV OF SMOKE RISING FROM THE VILLAGE (AUDIO GUNFIRE) (3 SHOTS) 1.06 7. SLV HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS FLYING 1.12 8. LV HELICOPTER GUNSHIP FIRING 1.33 9. LV OF HELICOPTER GUNSHIP ATTRACTING GROUND FIRE 1.49 10. LV OF HELICOPTER GUNSHIP (AUDIO OF ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN)/JOURNALIST SHOUTING "TAKE COVER" 1.56 11. LV OF VILLAGE, SMOKE RISING 2.01 12. LV TANK FIRING 2.06 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: NEAR VAKCINCE, MACEDONIA
- Country: Macedonia
- Duration: 00:02:18
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- Story Text: Fighting between Macedonian army forces and ethnic
Albanian guerrillas prevented Red Cross medical teams from
reaching shelled villages on Friday where civilians have been
reported killed and injured.
About 2,000 villagers were reported by the U.N.
refugee agency to have fled north into Serbia on Thursday (May
24) after the army launched an offensive, and smaller groups
were evacuated by Macedonian police.
But many more men, women and children are thought to be
still sheltering in their homes, afraid to move, with the Red
Cross unable to contact them.
The army resumed shelling of a cluster of rebel-held
villages in northeastern Macedonia on Friday and two armoured
helicopter gunships swooped in to attack Vakcince, drawing
some ground fire, a Reuters crew near the scene said.
One man who left Vakcince on Thursday after the first wave
of the army offensive said the village was still full of
civilians, and that there were "many wounded".
The villages have been occupied by guerrillas and under
attack by government forces for three weeks.
An army spokesman astonished reporters at his regular
briefing on Thursday by claiming, in the face of days of
eyewitness reports and reels of video evidence, that no houses
had been shelled.
According to the guerrillas, eight civilians had been
killed in the previous three weeks. Most civilians keep to
their basements and cellars when there is fighting.
A high civilian toll could tip the balance towards the
breakup of a crisis-hit coalition that is holding the
ethnically mixed republic together and staving off the threat
of a civil war that could enflame the Balkans.
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