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NATO Blasts Downtown Nis in Broad Daylight

Aggressor Kills Patients with Cluster Bombs

At least 12 civilians killed and over 60 injured. University Clinic Hospital and the city core near marketplace and bus station targeted

NIS - On Friday, at 11:20 a.m., NATO aviation carried out its most violent and bloodiest air raid on Nis, showering the city with cluster bombs. According to early reports, at least 12 residents of Nis were killed and over 60 injured during the attack.

NATO blasted Nis University Clinic Hospital (KBC) in Ljube Nenadovica Street where, according to head of the hospital's Surgery department Dr Rastko Djordjevic, four people were killed. The hospital morgue and central heating facility were also hit. Forensics department was damaged, while all windows in the hospital were broken. About 20 cars in the parking lot outside the hospital were burnt down. Missiles left 50 craters within the hospital compound area, while almost all private houses nearby were damaged.


26 Missiles Fired at Nis During Night

Early on Friday morning, from 2:55 to 3:37 a.m., and again from 4:10 to 4:25 a.m., NATO warplanes, which flew in from the direction of Bulgaria, fired 26 missiles on Nis. Western part of the city and residential areas of Popovac and Medosevac were pounded, where several houses were destroyed or damaged. The city's airport was also targeted.


Sumatovacka, Franca Rozmana and Anete Andrejevic Streets, near the city marketplace and central bus station, were also targeted by NATO force. According to Nis Civil Defense Headquarters head Jovan Zlatic, at least eight people were killed during the bombing of these streets. Allied warplanes also hit medical facility "February 12th", where patients and medical staff were injured.

According to eyewitnesses, streets in downtown Nis were covered with bodies of the killed and seriously injured Nis residents. More than 30 ambulance teams worked to help the victims. Our reporter witnessed medical staff helping a woman, with numerous wounds inflicted by missile fragments all over her body, who was still alive.

Nis City Ambulance Director Dimitrije Mancic said 30 persons were received and treated in his medical institution. At surgery department of the Clinic Hospital, according to Dr Rastko Djordjevic, 22 seriously injured patients are treated, while 10 people with minor injuries were released and allowed to go home.

Nis local television keeps warning the residents to remain in air raid shelters and not to touch unidentified objects, particularly those that look alike soft drink cans. Such an object, which is believed to be a cluster bomb, fell down on the threshold of local Glas Javnosti bureau. Police patrols did their best to secure and seal off all sites where residents noticed such objects.

Yugoslav Army Navy Closes Port Facilities in Bar

Yugoslav Federal Government Bans Traffic in Port City of Bar

PODGORICA - Yugoslav Army (YA) Navy announced on Friday that a ban on maritime traffic in the Montenegrin port of Bar came as a result of the Yugoslav Government decision to declare state of war in the country.

"Any change in the decision is in a competence of the Yugoslav federal government only, which declared the state of war," says a Yugoslav Navy statement, adding that Yugoslav Navy carries out all its tasks in a professional way.

"Yugoslav Navy has neither right nor possibility and wish to take over the responsibilities of the federal or republican agencies that are defined in the Constitution of the FRY," a Navy statement stressed.

Another Victim of NATO Raid on Passenger Train on Bistrica Bridge

Body of Six Years Old Boy Identified

GRDELICA - On Wednesday, two kilometers from Grdelica downstream the River Bistrica, a body of a six years old boy was found. Branko Stanijanovic is the 14th identified victim of NATO bombing of the train on the bridge over the River Bistrica on April 12. According to investigator Nebojsa Stojicic, the boy's parents, Vidosav (45) and Divna (40) Stanijanovic, from the village of Prcilovac near Aleksinac, were killed in the attack too. His father's body has not been found yet.

Little Branko Stanijanovic is the 14th identified victim of NATO bombing of the train in the gorge of Grdelica. In the hospital morgue there are several bodies of train passengers that have not been identified yet, while about 20 passengers are still considered missing.

Pristina, Podujevo, Decani and Lebane On Target

Bombs on Civilian Targets

PRISTINA (Beta) - Between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, NATO aircraft repeatedly pounded civilian targets in Kosovo- Metohija, Pristina Media Center said.

Around midnight, several missiles rained down near the civilian airport of Slatina, while half an hour later two bombs were dropped in the vicinity of Decani.

Early on Friday, at 1:00 a.m., NATO fired several missiles at the surroundings of Podujevo. According to early reports, there were no casualties in these attacks.

On Friday morning, shortly before 7:00 a.m., NATO hit by three missiles the small town of Lebane, northeast of Pristina.

On the Belgrade-Bucharest Railroad over the River Moravica

NATO Destroys Bridge Near Vatin

VRSAC - On Thursday night, at about 11:20 p.m., NATO aircraft hit by two missiles a railway bridge over the River Moravica near Vatin, 14 kilometers from Vrsac, on the Belgrade-Bucharest railroad line.

In the attack, a long-distance power line was also hit, cutting off electrical power supplies to Vatin and customs office on the border between Yugoslavia and Romania. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the attack, but the material damage is enormous.

Tracks on the railroad connecting Yugoslavia and Romania were damaged on a 50-meters long section, about 1,200 meters away from the border. International cargo and passenger trains on the Belgrade-Pancevo-Vrsac-Timisoara-Bucharest line used the railroad.

Residential houses situated about 250 meters from the site of the attack also suffered considerable damage.

NATO Secretary General Javier Solana Believes

Next Move Is Milosevic's

BARCELONA - NATO Secretary General Javier Solana said in a radio interview on Friday that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic had to accept the G8 draft agreement, or NATO would impose it to him by resuming its air strikes.

In a statement to Spain's Radio Catalonia, Solana said that the agreement reached by seven most industrialized nations plus Russia in Bonn on Thursday represents a "good beginning", adding that it should "be a good plan for Milosevic also".

U.N. Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Announces

Yugoslavia Approves U.N. Mission in Kosovo

NEW YORK - Yugoslavia approved a U.N. humanitarian mission that Secretary General Kofi Annan wants to send to Kosovo and other parts of the FRY, a U.N. official said.

U.N. undersecretary general Sergio Vieira De Mello said on Friday that Yugoslavia's U.N. ambassador Vladislav Jovanovic "reassured him that his government would facilitate the conduct of the mission".

U.N. relief agencies have not been in Yugoslavia since NATO air strikes began on March 24.

German Foreign Ministry Spokesman Announces

Meeting of G8 Political Directors Postponed

BONN - The meeting of political directors of foreign ministries of seven most industrialized world nations plus Russia, scheduled for Friday in Berlin, was postponed for the next week, German Government spokesman announced. However, the exact date of the G8 next meeting was not set.

According to Martin Erdmann, the German Foreign Ministry spokesman, the meeting was postponed due to problems with coordinating timetables of some political directors. It turned out that political directors of two nations could not attend the scheduled meeting in Berlin, the spokesman added.

Jakup Krasnici Opposes Disarming of KLA

Rugova Has No Mandate to Negotiate on Kosovo

TIRANA - Separatist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) spokesman Jakup Krasnici said in Tirana on Friday that Kosovo ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova "has no mandate to negotiate on the Kosovo problem".

"It is only up to the KLA and an interim government to decide the fate of Kosovo," Krasnici said in an interview to the Albanian Klan television.

He added that "peace policy failed and any solution in that direction is now impossible".

Krasnici urged Rugova to give public support to NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia and added that the KLA was not willing to be disarmed.

Igor Ivanov Not Fully Satisfied with Bonn Meeting Decisions

Each Hour Brings New Tragedy

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Friday urged U.N. Security Council to immediately adopt the resolution that would serve as a basis for solving the Yugoslav crisis, Russia's Interfax news agency reports.

"We must in no way stop now. Rather, we should accelerate work to prepare the UN Security Council resolution," said Ivanov, referring to conclusions of the G8 ministerial meeting in Bonn on Thursday.

Ivanov assessed that the Bonn meeting was a "step in the right direction, but still not a breakthrough, because the bombing of Yugoslavia continues".

"Had our partners accepted a proposal to make a pause in bombing, it would have helped make decisions in a more peaceful climate. In this way, each hour brings a new tragedy," head of Russian diplomacy said.

According to Ivanov, "the most complex" question is "size and tasks of the international presence in Kosovo". Russia's position is that the U.N. have to play a key role in it, Ivanov was quoted by Interfax as saying.

Yugoslav National Sports Teams Banned to Compete in the Iberian Peninsula

Spain Mounts Road Blocks

Yugoslav national volleyball and basketball teams forced to make changes in their timetables of preparations for World and European Championships

On the EU insistence and advice of Ministry for Sports, Spanish Basketball Federation banned its sports clubs and national selections to play matches with Yugoslav teams. It means that, under a political decision, doors in the most part of the Iberian Peninsula are closed for Yugoslav athletes.

Spain's sports daily As, in its evening edition on Friday, carries an exclusive report that, as its author admits, true sports institutions in the country would not like.

"I am unhappy with the ban," admitted Spanish Basketball Federation president Segura de Luna. "It was Yugoslavia, as a current European basketball champion and an unequalled national team, that we wanted for our rival. Now we are in a situation when we simply cannot find an adequate substitute."

Yugoslav volleyball team shares the fate of our best basketball players. Only a month remains till the beginning of the World Championships in Egypt, so preparations of the Spanish and Yugoslav national teams are in full swing. A tournament in Oviedo, Spain, was scheduled, of course with participation of both volleyball national teams. Unlike the Yugoslavs, the Spaniards will compete!

"It has nothing to do with sports," Lopez Riccondo, the Spanish Volleyball Federation president, admitted. "As far as I know, the Yugoslav crisis is close to being settled, so I don't understand such a decision."


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