Tuesday, March 30, 1999 Published at 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Horror stories from the borders
Refugees are flooding across Kosovo's borders
Widespread murder, rape and looting by Serb paramilitary forces in Kosovo is being reported by refugees fleeing the province.
They have travelled in farm vehicles or trucks or on foot in poor weather to reach sanctuary. Many even crossed minefields to get to the Kosovo border.
International aid workers estimate that more than 70,000 have arrived in Kukes, northern Albania in the last two days alone but that the figure could be far higher.
The refugees in Kukes, who have increased the town's population four-fold, were stripped of their money, passports and papers as they left the Kosovo border - testimony to what Nato spokesman Jamie Shea described as Serbia's attempt to cancel out their identities.
Echoes of Bosnia
Those who were driving vehicles had number plates taken from their vehicles by the Serbs to prevent them from returning to their homes in the future.
Correspondents say the same tactic was used during the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Croatia during the early and mid-90s.
The BBC's Paul Wood, in the Macedonian capital Skopje, says the border is choked as the Kosovo Albanians.
"The man said that police were going from house to house, taking away young men for summary execution."
But our correspondent says that with no independent witnesses, these claims cannot be verified.
Correspondents say that it is well known that the Kosovo-Macedonia border is heavily mined so the fact that so many have fled shows the level of fear in Kosovo.
Italy assembles camps
In southern Italy, soldiers have turned an abandoned air strip into a refugee camp in the port city of Bari, preparing for some of the thousands of refugees expected to cross the Adriatic.
Some 500 rusty trailers will be turned into shelter as Italy intervenes in the humanitarian emergency.
And an Italian navy ship, loaded with trucks and buses to transport the refugees fleeing Kosovo, was ready to set sail for Albania on Monday.