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Friday, April 23, 1999 Published at 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK


Nato strikes: Week four



Week five: Nato tightens grip
Week four: Refugees hit
Week three: Nato reinforces
Week two: Refugee exodus
Week one: Strikes begin

Kosovo: Special Report
The fourth week of Nato's bombing campaign began with an admission from the Alliance that it had accidentally bombed a refugee convoy, leaving Kosovo refugees dead. The media fallout from the event, and attempts to determine exactly how it happened, dominated media coverage of the crisis for several days.

Meanwhile, there was a fresh surge of refugees out of Kosovo, and air strikes across Yugoslavia continued.

Follow the third week of the Nato campaign in this day-by-day guide. Read the main stories, BBC analysis and the best video and audio clips.

Use the options on the left to return to latest news and other current BBC coverage.


Nato strikes: Day 28
(20 April)


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(Claimed damage by Day 27)
Nato: 'Ethnic cleansing spreading'
Nato says Yugoslav forces have extended ethnic cleansing operations beyond Kosovo to villages inside Montenegro, as Tony Blair describes the continuing air strikes as a just cause.

Analysis
Who will rebuild the Balkans?
Nato and the KLA
Multimedia
Milisav Paic of the Yugoslav Foreign Ministry: "Attempts to demonise Serbia"
Nicholas Witchell: "Little sign of Serbs being deterred from ethnic cleansing"


Nato strikes: Day 27
(19 April)


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Nato 'may have killed refugees'
Nato admits its warplanes may have caused civilian casualties in attacks on two convoys in Kosovo.

Analysis
Viewpoint: Martin Bell on the need for clarity
Multimedia
Nicholas Witchell: Nato dropped bombs on tractors
A night in a Belgrade bomb shelter: John Simpson
"Unbearable strain caused by links between Albania and the KLA": Jackie Rowland reports


Nato strikes: Day 26
(18 April)


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Refugees face malnutrition
Aid agencies in northern Albania report the first cases of malnutrition among children crossing from Kosovo, as thousands continue to flee. Meanwhile, Nato aircraft again bomb targets across Yugoslavia, with the city of Novi Sad hit hard.

Multimedia
Jeremy Bowen in Kukes, northern Albanian: "A very sad place"
Nato's Javier Solana: "Peace will be very difficult"
Nato spokesman Jamie Shea: "Nato would never knowingly mislead any journalist"


Nato strikes: Day 25
(17 April)


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New refugee exodus
A further 100,000 Kosovo Albanian refugees are believed to be heading towards Macedonia. The US holds a Yugoslav officer prisoner.

From Our Own Correspondent
Matt Frei on how Albania could benefit from war
Chris Nuttall on the Internet war


Nato strikes: Day 24
(16 April)


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Raids widen
Nato widens its campaign of air strikes, pounding key sites across Yugoslavia overnight amid political fall-out from its bombing of a refugee convoy in Kosovo.

Analysis
Risk to civilians rising
The view from America
Crisis unites Albanians
Multimedia
Jon Leyne: Nato bombs spoke louder than words
Bombing increases Milosevic support: John Simpson in Belgrade
Nicholas Witchell reports on the questions which remain unanswered
Nato strikes: Day 23
(15 April)


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Nato's mistake
Nato admits it bombed a refugee convoy near Prizren, leaving Kosovo refugees dead after a pilot mistook the civilian vehicles for Yugoslav military units.

Analysis
Fog of war shrouds refugee deaths
Multimedia
Tony Blair comments on the attack
BBC Newsnight's David Sells on "Nato's holy war"
Nato strikes: Day 22
(14 April)


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Refugees bombed
Dozens of refugees are reported killed in attacks on two civilian convoys in Kosovo, amid conflicting claims about who is to blame.

Analysis
The mood in Belgrade
Multimedia
Katty Kay: "Hideous devastation"
An eyewitness describes the attack
UK Defence Secretary George Robertson: "Hardened criminals terrorising Kosovo"
Nato strikes: Third week
(7 - 13 April)

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Nato reinforces
Full BBC coverage of the third week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: Heaviest bombardments of Serbia so far, Nato brings in large-scale reinforcements, Nato missile hits passenger train, killing ten people, refugee crisis continues, Nato ground troops sent to Albania.
Nato strikes: The second week
(31 March - 6 April)


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Refugee exodus
Full BBC coverage of the second week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: Nato intensifies bombing, central Belgrade and key bridges hit, refugee exodus from Kosovo increases massively, three US soldiers captured by Serbia.


Nato strikes: The first week
(24-30 March)


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Serbia bombed
Full BBC coverage of the first week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: First raids, reports of scorched earth policy in Kosovo, Nato loses Stealth fighter, refugees tell stories of atrocities, Nato starts round-the-clock air attacks, Russian mediation comes to nothing.


Build-up to conflict


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Timeline
Details of the negotiations at Rambouillet, the earlier massacre at Racak and the history of the conflict stretching back to March 1998. With links to original stories, transcripts, BBC audio and video reports.




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