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Wednesday, April 28, 1999 Published at 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK

World: Europe

'Biggest massacre yet' in Kosovo

Refugees in Albania are in danger from Serb artillery

One of the largest massacres of Kosovar Albanians so far has been carried out by Serb forces, according to the United Nations refugee agency the UNHCR.

Kosovo: Special Report
Between 100 and 200 people were rounded up and shot in the town of Djakovica, according to a number of consistent reports from refugees.

More than 2,000 people from the town, mostly women and children, arrived in northern Albania in the biggest influx in more than a week.

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen: "No outsider really knows what happened in the place they have left behind"
Some said their husbands were taken by Serb forces, while others reported seeing several dead bodies at the side of the road.

(Click here to see a map of the most recent refugee movements)

The UNHCR says the 50-80,000 refugees in the overcrowded camps in northern Albania are in grave danger from Serb snipers and artillery just the other side of the border.

[ image: 3,000 refugees arrived in Albania on Tuesday]
3,000 refugees arrived in Albania on Tuesday
It is believed the Serbs are targeting Kosovo Liberation Army positions just a few kilometres from where the refugees are sheltering.

The Serbs have fired Russian-made rockets over the border aiming at the KLA camps a number of times, it is reported.

The rockets have a range of more than 50km, and would easily be able to hit a refugee camp.

The BBC's Clive Myrie: "The tales are really to terrible to tell"
The Serbs have also been crossing the border to lay mines in Albania, and on one occasion fired rounds at the country's chief of police, blowing out the tyres on his car.

The UNHCR says it will continue to move refugees out of harm's way to the Albanian capital Tirana, or to the Adriatic coast.

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