Saturday, June 12, 1999 Published at 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Rousing send-off for British troops
Young refugees in Macedonia chant "Nato! Nato! Go, go, go!"
As British tanks and troops spearheading the Nato advance into Kosovo from Macedonia, were given a hearty send-off by ethnic Albanian refugees.
Linda Gusia, 21, who fled the province in April, said: "This is what we have waited for from the moment the bombing started.
"As we passed through the refugee camps last night and watched the helicopters this morning it felt like really something."
The UNHCR has spent recent days counselling Kosovars in Macedonia and Albania that to return too soon would place them in grave danger.
But one news agency reported that about 70 refugees - all men - had crossed the Macedonian border into Kosovo to return to their homes.
But they may well find a scene of devastation when they get there. The first television pictures from Kosovo revealed deserted streets in border towns.
The British soldiers themselves are reported to be pleased to be in Kosovo, especially after Friday's confusion. They had been put on a high state of battle readiness and then told to stand down after news that Russian troops had entered Kosovo from the north.
They said they were looking forward to taking their families back to their homes.
They assured senior British officers that there were no mines in the town but suspected the Serbs may have left some devices on the main road.