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NATO increases security in Kosovo after recent clashes with the police and KFOR

2023-06-05 07:47:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

NATO increases security in Kosovo after recent clashes with the police and KFOR

A Turkish commando battalion has arrived in northern Kosovo in response to a NATO request for more troops to help quell violent unrest between Serbs and Albanians.

The battalion arrived in northern Kosovo where there have been a number of clashes recently between police, KFOR troops and ethnic Serbs who boycotted regional elections in April and refused to accept the result.

A military convoy loaded with equipment is also believed to be heading to the Balkan country by land.

NATO announced on Tuesday that it would send 700 troops to reinforce the force in the area. KFOR currently consists of almost 3,800 troops, including about 350 from Turkey.

Violent clashes last week left 30 international soldiers injured, including fractures and burns from improvised explosive devices.

The clashes came as a result of a confrontation that unfolded earlier after ethnic Albanian officials elected in April's elections tried to enter municipal buildings to take office and were blocked by Serbs.

On Sunday, Serbian women placed wreaths on barbed wire against the Kosovo authorities.

They demand that mayors and Albanian policemen leave the official buildings and release the two Serbs arrested during the police operation.

Turkey has asked all parties in the dispute to show restraint./ CNA.al

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