Wednesday, March 24, 1999 Published at 20:05 GMT
Yugoslavia on red alert
Yugoslavs prepare air shelters in Belgrade
Yugoslav citizens braced themselves for military strikes on Wednesday as a nationwide state of emergency went into force.
But they continued to go to work and send their children to school as normal.
Media outlets that had survived a clampdown by the authorities gave citizens instructions on what to do in the event of strikes.
Milena, a pensioner, said: "I was up all night waiting for them to strike. I sat and dozed off occasionally but I couldn't go to bed.
"It's the uncertainty. Psychologically, it's hard. You don't know when it will fall."
A steady flow of ambassadors and their families continued to leave from the capital, but staff at the Chinese and Russian embassies have reportedly all remained.
Russia and China are both against the Nato air strikes.
"They can no longer listen to B92 Radio, until now the most important independent media in Yugoslavia which was closed down in a pre-dawn raid by police," he said.
The station however has succeeded to defy the shutdown by continuing to broadcast on the Net and via satellite.
In the province of Kosovo itself, there were unconfirmed reports that Serb security forces had shelled Kosovo Albanian villages on Wednesday.
The Kosovo Information Centre (KIC) in Pristina said villages were shelled in the regions of Podujevo and Vucitrn in the north, Kacanik in the south and Decane in the west.
The shelling followed the departure of international agencies from the province. The OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM) evacuated the region on 20 March.