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Sunday, 25 March, 2001, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
In pictures: Macedonian ground offensive
Macedonian government forces have launched their first serious ground offensive on ethnic Albanian rebel positions on the hillsides overlooking the northern city of Tetovo.

More than 200 troops, aided by tanks, have advanced about a kilometre up the hills and taken the town of Grajre after encountering fierce resistance from the rebels.

Tanks in Tetovo
Macedonian tanks roll over Tetovo's central square leading the way to the hills

Macedonian soldiers load mortars
Heavy mortars are loaded to bombard ethnic Albanian rebel positions

Macedonian soldiers
Troops prepare to open fire during clashes with the guerrillas

Macedonian soldiers take cover as they advance towards the Albanian controlled village of Gajre
And take cover as they advance towards the Albanian controlled village of Gajre

A soldier helps an injured colleague in Tetovo
A soldier helps an injured colleague in Tetovo

Soldier calls for reinforcements
Calling for reinforcements

Soldiers cover their ears from the noise of machine gun and artillery fire
Soldiers cover their ears from the noise of machine gun and artillery fire

A house burns after it's hit by shells
A house burns after being hit by shells

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