Monday, April 26, 1999 Published at 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
New refugee wave expected
Some 4,000 Kosovo refugees entered Macedonia over the weekend
Aid agencies in northern Albania are preparing for a new influx of refugees from Kosovo, as Albanians arrive from the province with grim stories of further atrocities.
These people are said to be wandering the country looking for a way out to safety.
"It's very alarming," said United Nations High Commission for Refugees spokesman Ron Redmond.
"People say that paramilitaries, masked men with beards, rounded up people house to house. In one village, 21 people were killed by these men."
Red Cross in Belgrade
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Cornelio Sommaruga, was due to meet Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Monday to try to secure the return of the Red Cross to Kosovo and to press for access to the three American soldiers being held in Yugoslavia.
An spokeswoman said on Monday that the ICRC had visited the three soldiers, captured by Yugoslav troops on 31 March near the Yugoslav-Macedonian border. More details of the visit were set to follow after Mr Sommaruga's meeting with the Yugoslav president.
On Sunday Mr Sommaruga toured the Yugoslav city of Novi Sad to inspect bomb damage inflicted in Nato raids.
Accounts of atrocities
Kosovo Albanians arriving at the Albania-Montenegro border spoke of Serbian killings and atrocities in Montenegro triggering the new influx of refugees into Albania.
He said six more had been killed in the village of Husaj and three in Bukel.
Meanwhile, refugees arriving in Macedonia described attacks by Serb gunmen on civilians in villages near Pristina.
These include the alleged killing of 11 people in Hallac i Vogel, another 19 in the neighbouring village of Ribar i Vogel, and 15 people in the town of Sllovi, according to reports given to UN relief workers.
Reports of rape by Serb forces committed against Kosovar women are being gathered by UN war crimes prosecutors in The Hague.
UN Prosecutor Patricia Sellers said testimonies so far indicate that rapes in Kosovo are "neither isolated nor incidental".
UNHCR figures say more than 10,000 Kosovar refugees from Montenegro have entered Albania since Tuesday, bringing the total to more than 33,000 since the Nato air campaign began.
Macedonia has received about 175,000 refugees, nearly 30,000 of whom have been airlifted out the country to other European countries.
Three planeloads left on Monday morning taking refugees to Sweden, France and the Netherlands.
Overall, some 600,000 refugees are thought to have fled Kosovo in the last month, according to UNHCR estimates.
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