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Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
In pictures: Villagers under siege
A string of ethnic Albanian villages in the northern hills of Macedonia have been under army bombardment since being taken over by rebels. Many residents have been taking refuge in cellars - but aid agencies say conditions are worsening and food is running out.

Children in Slupcane cellar
Cellars have become home for village children

Women in Slupcane cellar
Bread-making and baby-care in a Slupcane cellar

Villager emerges with baby, Slupcane
In a lull in the fighting, villagers emerge into the daylight

Damage in Slupcane
The shelling has left the town scarred....

Dead horse in Slupcane
...and there is gruesome evidence of its impact on village streets

Woman being taken to safety in Kumanovo
Elderly people have fled, not knowing when they can return

Child refugee
Young as well as old are on the move

Chlildren from Vaskince taken to Kumanovo
Aid workers have been ferrying people to safety where possible...

Refugees at Kosovo border
...others have made their own escape - across the border into Kosovo
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