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The BBC's Jacky Rowland in Dobrosin
"We heard automatic gunfire from the nearby hills"
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John Mason of the International Rescue Committee
"Just today, we received 100 families looking for shelter"
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Monday, 6 March, 2000, 22:44 GMT
Tension grows on Kosovo border
Serbian police patrol a road on the border with Kosovo
Serbian police patrol a road on the border with Kosovo
Nato-led peacekeepers in Kosovo are tightening security along the border with Serbia following recent clashes between Yugoslav police and ethnic Albanian guerrillas.

Kosovo: Special Report
K-For is considering sealing off mountain passes amid increasing hostility near the town of Dobrosin, a predominantly ethnic Albanian town in eastern Serbia.

A BBC correspondent who visited the area says it is almost deserted with only the sounds of gunfire and the occasional appearance of armed men.


Whatever K-For does, we have to do it appropriately and not over-react

K-For's Philip Anido
Of the 200 people remaining, many are fighters with a new ethnic Albanian guerrilla group.

The incidents have already prompted US forces in the area to move their checkpoints to the boundary line, up from positions several miles inside Kosovo.

K-For spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Philip Anido said: "Whatever K-For does, in whatever situation, we have to do it appropriately and not over-react to prevent good citizens from getting back and forth and conducting their normal business and family business".

Map of the border area
The peacekeepers, and the Yugoslav army and Interior Ministry Police, cannot enter the 5km-wide buffer zone under the agreement that ended the Nato bombing last year.

Lieutenant Colonel Anido said K-For would leave security in the zone to Serbian local police.

Alleged harassment

The ethnic Albanian rebel group has vowed to protect villagers in the region from attacks by Serb forces.

It is known as the Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac - the three predominantly ethnic Albanian towns in southern Serbia where villagers say they have been subjected to harassment.

albanian and serb
A large ethnic-Albanian population live in south Serbia
Hundreds of families have fled into Kosovo.

The refugees say the Serbian police search their homes for weapons, stop Albanians in the street for identity checks, and sometimes order them to leave their homes.

Aid workers in the Kosovo town of Gnjilane have registered more refugees in the past four days than in the previous four months.

Attack on transmitter

On Monday, an opposition-controlled television station in Serbia claimed that five uniformed men attacked one of its transmitters, injuring two of its staff.

The station, Studio B, blamed the attack on the police but state-controlled media dismissed the accusations as opposition propaganda.

Analysts in Belgrade said the authorities appeared to be trying to silence the alternative media before local elections later this year.

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