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Violent clashes of NATO forces with protesters and dozens of wounded

Violent clashes of NATO forces with protesters and dozens of wounded

The situation in Kosovo remains tense, with tensions escalating between the authorities and the protesters. Indeed, NATO denounced that “Not acceptable at all»The attacks in Kosovo that injured about 25 police officers. the police And NATO forces collided Serbian protesters In the northern part where there were riots about Albanian mayors installed.

and tear gas Flash stun grenades They were used to stop protesters in Zvekan after they tried to storm a government building. NATO soldiers They also formed a security cordon around two other city halls.

authorities from Italy And Hungary was among those who They got hurt in last violently Monday episodes, with three episodes remaining dangerous situationNATO said. Five people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

President of Serbia Alexander Vucic He stated that more than 50 Serbs needed hospital treatment and that many more were injured.

NATO-led forces in Zvekan initially tried to separate the protesters from the police, but later dispersed the crowd using Shields and globesreported Agence France-Presse.

Adequate The demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the occupation soldiers. The agency reported.

The Kosovo police said that one of their cars was set on fire and that “Provocative commentary with Serbian and Russian symbolsIt was written on other vehicles.

NATO described the attacks as “totally unacceptable”, He added in a statement that he called on all parties to “refrain from actions that further inflame tension and engage in dialogue.”

Mr. Vucic raised the army to The highest alert level In response to the new protests. And moved units of the army near the border with Kosovo on Friday after similar clashes.

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its vice president Serbian listOne of the largest government-backed Kosovo Serb parties in Kosovo BelgradeHe accused Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti of trying to create chaos for everyone in the region.

How did the crisis erupt?

The crisis dates back to April when the Kosovo Serbs Boycott the local electionsand allow to dairy To control the local councils by participation less than 4%.

Both the European Union and the United States have Criticism of the Kosovo authorities To destabilize the situation in northern Kosovo and warned against any action that could inflame ethnic tensions there.

Kosovo announced it its independence from Serbia for him February 2008after years of strained relations between the Serbs and its predominantly Albanian population.

has been recognized before United State and its largest country European Unionbut Serbia supported it A strong ally of RussiaHowever, she refuses to do so, as most Serbs in Kosovo do.

While the dairy make up more than 90% Of the population of Kosovo as a whole, Serbs make up The majority of the population is in the northern region.

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