Friday, March 26, 1999 Published at 23:30 GMT
RAF videos show Serbia bombings
A Yugoslav ammunition store is destroyed
Dramatic video footage of "successful" attacks by RAF Harrier GR7s on Serb targets has been shown by the Ministry of Defence to demonstrate the accuracy of ongoing Nato bombing missions.
The demonstration followed assurances by both Prime Minister Tony Blair and Defence Secretary George Robertson that Nato air strikes were necessary and would continue "night after night".
MoD spokesman RAF Group Captain Steve Parkinson explained how six Harrier GR7s led each other in a "co-operative" attack on the Leskovac military complex in southern Serbia
Seconds later, an ammunition store is seen engulfed by a massive explosion. Other buildings in the same complex were shown being hit in the same way.
"Surely those weapons inside those storage areas will now have been destroyed," Gp Capt Parkinson said.
He illustrated the point with video of a Harrier pilot taking evasive action after being "illuminated" by ground defence radar.
As warplanes took to the air again on Friday, military sources confirmed that 64 aircraft took part in Thursday's raids.
More than 50 Yugoslav targets have been bombed in over 400 Nato sorties.
However, Air Commodore David Wilby said there had been no let up in Serb attacks against Kosovar civilians. He also revealed that 300 Serbian criminals had been released to join militias conducting operations in Kosovo.
"If we walk away from Kosovo and the plight of its people, it would be a betrayal of everything this nation stands for at its best," he said.
Mr Blair defended military action in a TV broadcast on Friday evening.
But in a worrying development for crucial Nato unity, member state Greece said that it wanted an end to the bombing and favoured a diplomatic solution.
The defence secretary also described "full-scale reprisals" by Yugoslav forces, with two villages in north eastern Albania reportedly shelled and a town in Kosovo surrounded - trapping the population who were then shelled.