Wednesday, March 24, 1999 Published at 09:30 GMT
Kosovo Albanians search for safety
Fleeing before their homes are burned
Thousands of Kosovo Albanians have been fleeing the latest Serb offensive and heading for the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.
The border was shut to people carrying Yugoslav passports in an effort to control the growing humanitarian crisis there.
The United Nations Food Agency says it needs emergency supplies for more than 10,000 refugees who have flooded in to Macedonia.
Refugees in search of safety are also converging on big towns in the north and on villages in central Kosovo.
According to the BBC Correspondent in Pristina, Orla Guerin, some Kosovo Albanians have been on the move since the weekend, when they were forced from their homes by the fighting.
Aid workers in Kosovo say they are facing the biggest movement of refugees since the conflict began just over a year ago.
The latest fighting is estimated to have displaced 25,000 people in the province.
Many of the humanitarian organisations are also leaving the area, and even the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is on standby for possible evacuation from Kosovo.
Since the shelling began at the weekend, aid agencies have reported that communities have been cleared from large swathes of Kosovo.
Serb military operations have centred around northern and central KLA strongholds.
On Monday, two of the KLA's seven regional commands were said to have been crushed, and the rebels were reported to have been withdrawing from the central Drenica region.