Saturday, March 27, 1999 Published at 18:30 GMT
Fourth day of Nato strikes
Kosovo Albanian refugees are fleeing into neighbouring Macedonia
A senior Nato official in Washington said the strikes began on Saturday with a Tomahawk cruise missile launched onto the vicinity of the capital, Belgrade.
US officials later reported that American warships in the Adriatic had launched two Tomahawk missiles in daylight.
'Stay the course'
Nato members said reports of Serb atrocities in Kosovo had only strengthened their resolve to continue the air strikes on Yugoslavia.
Since the raids began on Wednesday, "Serb troops have continued attacks on unarmed men, women and children," President Clinton said.
"That is all the more reason for us to stay the course," he said in his weekly radio address.
His comments were echoed by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said Nato air strikes were "the only chance of securing an end to this brutality" in Kosovo.
The prime minister also warned President Milosevic that if he attacked Nato forces elsewhere in the Balkans, "the retaliation will be swift and very, very severe".
The Yugoslav leader appeared unbowed as a fourth day of air raids got under way. He said Nato "despotism" must be resisted.
"The forces of peace (will prevail) ... over the forces that want to organise the world by the dictates of force and crimes against nations that do not accept being subjugated," he said.
But on Saturday, Nato was itself declaring that reports from a variety of sources indicated that "dark things are happening" in Kosovo.
Spokesman Jamie Shea said there was no firm evidence yet, but reports talked of intimidation and harassment and widespread violence against the Kosovan population. "These are extremely worrying indications," he said.
At least half-a-dozen explosions were reported late on Friday in Kosovo's capital Pristina, and raids were also reported in other towns in the province.
Nato forces also inflicted a sustained overnight attack on the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade.
At a briefing about the third wave of strikes, UK Defence Secretary George Robertson said that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was continuing with his "brutal campaign of repression".
"The Serbs are bombarding villages to the point of obliteration. We have heard that some villages do not exist," he said.
The defence secretary told of consistent reports of extra-judicial killings by Serb security forces and added that 30,000 people were reported to be out in the open around Podujevo, Kosovska, Mitrovica and Shale, with thousands more heading for the border.
Other unconfirmed reports of mass killings by Serb forces have been emerging and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) sources were reported as saying on Saturday that Serb paramilitary gangs had slaughtered several hundred Kosovo Albanians in Djakovica overnight.
Serbian officials said the KLA had stepped up its attacks on Serb forces in Kosovo.
There was no independent means of checking the reports. Most foreign journalists were ordered out of the country on Thursday, and international monitors left the province before the bombings began.