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Tuesday, February 23, 1999 Published at 12:10 GMT

World: Europe

New wave of Kosovo refugees

The United Nations refugee agency, the UNCHR, says nine-thousand people have left their homes as a result of the recent fighting in Kosovo.

A UNHCR spokesman described it as the worst wave of refugees this year.

The organisation estimates that around four thousand people fled the area around the town of Vucitrn , where Serbian forces and ethnic-Albanian separatists clashed on Monday.

The other refugees come from northern and central Kosovo.

The UNHCR says there are currently more than two-hundred-thousand refugees in Kosovo.

Aid convoys are making regular trips to a number of villages in the province.

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