Friday, April 2, 1999 Published at 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
UN warns of Kosovo emergency
A Kosovo Albanian woman on the way to Tirana
The United Nations has warned that civilians in Kosovo will be hit by starvation within 10 days unless emergency aid is delivered.
According to the UNHCR, more than 140,000 refugees have left Kosovo since air strikes against Serbia began.
Five thousand arrived in Macedonia on Wednesday, crammed into just three trains. Aid workers say the scenes of refugees streaming in all directions, tired and traumatised are reminiscent of the darkest days at the end of World War II.
Independent corroboration is not possible because foreign journalists have been expelled from Kosovo but correspondents say the refugees are telling consistent stories of Serb atrocities.
"The human mind cannot imagine what they are doing there," said Sabri Hajzeri, 30, a painter who was among the first group of refugees from Pristina, Kosovo's capital, to cross into Albania.
US and Kosovan sources are now reporting that two Kosovo Albanian leaders previously feared dead are still alive.
Fehmi Agani, a politician who played a key role in the Rambouillet talks, and Baton Haxhiu, editor of the Koha Ditore newspaper were previously reported by Nato to have been executed at the weekend.
Belgrade says its forces in Kosovo are merely responding to aggression by the KLA and by Nato.
Trapped in valley
Long queues of refugees have formed at the borders of both Macedonia and Montenegro. People are crossing some border points at a rate of 4,000 an hour.
Kosovo Liberation Army fighters defending the valley, 50km southwest of Pristina, have been outnumbered by Serbian tanks and heavy artillery, according to Nato. The civilians have no easy escape route.
Nato officials say the weather is preventing air action against Serb forces in the Pagarusa Valley area.
According to a Kosovo Albanian living in London, there has been a mass exodus from Pristina.
He said that the movement of refugees from the north of the province towards refugee camps over its southern borders strikes fear into all the remaining citizens and accelerates their own departure.
He was unable to name his sources, but said he had been in telephone contact with people living in Pristina.