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UN Police Disperse Crowd In Northern Kosovo

25 July 2005 -- UN police fired warning shots and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of Serbs during a confrontation in northern Kosovo during the weekend.

The incident occurred yesterday in the Kosovar town of Mitrovica -- which is divided by the Ibar River along Serb and Albanian ethnic lines.

Authorities say police attempted to arrest a Serb man who was seen throwing bottles at a UN police officer on the main bridge across the Ibar River. They say a crowd of Serbs charged at police from the north side of the river and pushed them back until the suspect escaped.

A UN police statement says four warning shots were fired into the air as the crowd continued to advance on the officers. No injuries were reported.