Clashes were reported continuing into late yesterday, with ethnic Albanians in a number of Kosovo locations burning the homes and other buildings of minority Serbs, who were being evacuated by NATO-led forces.
Serbian demonstrators gathered late the same day in Belgrade to demand government action to protect the Kosovo Serbs. An historic mosque in the center of Belgrade was set on fire, while another mosque in the southern Serbian city of Nis was also set ablaze.
Kosovo's leadership, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, NATO, and the United States have all appealed for calm to prevent the situtation from further deteriorating.
Clashes initially flared yesterday in the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica after unconfirmed reports that Serbs had chased three ethnic Albanian boys into a river, where they drowned. The UN said two dead children had been found.