Kosovo: crisis in north, Serbians and KFOR troops clash

NATO soldiers tried unsuccessfully to take down barricade

24 November, 13:07

(ANSAmed) - BELGRADE/PRISTINA, NOVEMBER 24 - Clashes between the KFOR troops and Serbian protestors occurred last night in northern Kosovo when the NATO soldiers tried to take down one of the barricades set up by the Serbians along the border with Serbia. As reported by the media in Belgrade, the incidents occurred not far from Zvecan, where a contingent of KFOR Hungarian soldiers intervened to dismantle one of the roadblocks manned by Serbians for months to protest against the presence of Albanian Kosovar police and customs officials at the Jarinje and Brnjak border crossings. Soldiers employed tear gas against the protestors putting up resistance but did not manage to take down the barricade, and after an hour were forced to give up and withdraw. About a dozen protestors had to be treated for the effects of tear gas, but no one was seriously injured. Over the night two explosions were heard in the northern (Serbian) part of Kosovska Mitrovica, the city north of Kosovo divided into a Serbian sector and an Albanian one. According to local sources, two cars were destroyed but no one was injured. (ANSAmed).

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