Border crossing in northern Kosovo set on fire

xinhuanet.com 28-Jul-2011

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The border crossing in Jarinje, known as Gate 1 in northern Kosovo, is on fire, on July 27, 2011. A group of Kosovo Serbs attacked on Wednesday evening the border crossing with Serbia in northern Kosovo, demolishing properties of Kosovo Police and Customs and setting it on fire. (Xinhua/Tanjug)

PRISTINA, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A group of Kosovo Serbs attacked on Wednesday evening a border crossing with Serbia in northern Kosovo, demolishing properties of Kosovo Police and Customs and setting it on fire.

 

Unconfirmed reports say fire shots were heard in the scene, perhaps near the KFOR (NATO-led mission) site.

KFOR Commander Erhard Buhler in the afternoon called on Serbs to remain calm after unidentified persons shot at two KFOR helicopters on route in the northern Kosovo.

The attack follows two days of a tense situation since Monday evening when Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci dispatched special police to take control of the two disputed border crossings.

Special units of Kosovo police left two border points on Wednesday morning, but local Serbs, which oppose Pristina authorities, rejects the decision that Kosovo border and custom police officers remain in the border crossing point.

Kosovo Serb leaders have declared a state of emergency in the locality and have called all citizens to be aware of any developments that might occur in the hours to come.

KFOR Commander has ordered reserve units to be ready for intervention if the situation worsens. Roads to the disputed crossings remained barricaded by local Serbs.

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The border crossing in Jarinje, known as Gate 1 in northern Kosovo, is on fire, on July 27, 2011.  (Xinhua/Tanjug)
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The border crossing in Jarinje, known as Gate 1 in northern Kosovo, is on fire, on July 27, 2011.  (Xinhua/Tanjug)