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Wednesday, April 7, 1999 Published at 17:16 GMT 18:16 UK


Nato's "savage attack" - Serb media

Serb media is reporting Nato atrocities against civilians

Kosovo: Special Report

The torrent of outrage against Nato's bombing of Yugoslavia continued in the Serbian media after Belgrade's announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in Kosovo.

The Serbian media accused Nato of widespread attacks on civilian installations overnight.

Serbian TV said the latest overnight air raids on the Kosovo capital, Pristina, amounted to "the most savage attack on the civilian population of this town so far".

The TV said the raids had set numerous residential blocks ablaze, along with the post office building, "which has been totally destroyed".

"Numerous rescue teams have been organized and these are now pulling innocent civilians from the rubble under which they have been trapped," it said.

Nato missiles struck several areas in and around Pristina, including the Beopetrol fuel storage depot in Devet Jugovica on the outskirts, which caused a huge blaze, the TV said.

Environmental disaster

In Devet Jugovica "civilian buildings, including a refugee camp, were destroyed by the explosion of the destructive missiles," the TV said, adding that there were no casualties in the village but the fuel depot inferno was an environmental disaster.

Serbian media also accused Nato of attacking civilian installations elsewhere in Yugoslavia.

A statement from the Serbian Ministry of Labour quoted by the state news agency Tanjug said Nato missiles had damaged facilities in the Children's Village near Sremska Kamenica - an orphanage in the northern province of Vojvodina.

It also accused Nato of hitting a home for mentally retarded children in Sremcica near Belgrade and two institutes in Novi Sad and Prokuplje.

The Nato air strikes on Nis in southern Serbia badly damaged the Vuk Karadzic primary school, 63% of whose pupils are Romanies, Tanjug said.

Ratomir Vuckovic, the headmaster, told Tanjug: "The entire world should know that these evildoers believe in no God and that this school was a model of concord and a second home for the Romany children".

'Adolf' Clinton

A commentary on Serbian TV said "Adolf Clinton" would end up "in the defendant's dock of some new Nuremberg" for Nato's "crimes" against Yugoslavia, along with his "disciple" UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Another TV commentary accused Nato of targeting Serbian radio and TV transmitters and relays.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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