Sunday, May 23, 1999 Published at 23:32 GMT 00:32 UK
Fresh exodus from Kosovo
Men who had been feared dead
They brought similar accounts of their mistreatment by Serb forces as a group of 500 men who completed the journey on Saturday.
Both groups have said they suddenly released from prison by the Serbians, although they did not know why.
The men have talked about how they were snatched from refugee columns heading for the Albanian border as their children and wives wept.
When the Serbs said they were free to go and loaded them onto trucks, the men said they all prayed and cried because they thought they were going to be executed.
The UNHCR is now doing what it can to try and reunite some of the men with their families who may have already crossed the border.
Thousands of Kosovo Albanians who had been waiting at the border with Macedonia on Sunday were loaded onto buses to be taken to refugee camps.
Earlier they were told they would not be allowed into the country and would have to go to Albania. The Macedonian authorities backed down after the intervention of UN staff.
The UK International Development Secretary, Clare Short, says all but 200,000 Kosovo Albanians have now fled from their homes. This is out of a total population of 1.8 million.
Refugees are pouring into Macedonia in their thousands in the biggest influx seen there for several weeks. More than 7,000 have arrived over the past 24 hours.
The senior Yugoslav general in charge of conducting the war in Kosovo has been called in from the military campaign to placate thousands of mutinous troops, according to reports reaching the republic of Montenegro.
Protests are continuing in several towns in Serbia where the families of dead and wounded soldiers are calling for an end to the fighting.
US President Bill Clinton said the air campaign was working and would restore displaced Kosovo Albanians to their homes.
But UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Nato must prepare to deploy troops "in a permissive or a non-permissive environment".
Nato struck hard at the Serbian electricity network on Sunday night, hitting major generating plants and severely disrupting power supplies across Serbia, local media and residents said.
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