Krivenik, Yugoslavia; 29 March (RFE/RL) -- Two civilians were killed today and at least 10 wounded in an assault on the Kosovo village of Krivenik, just 1,200 meters inside the Kosovo border. The area was patrolled by NATO-led international peacekeepers (KFOR), who were also directly endangered by the shelling. Both the Macedonian army and the ethnic Albanian rebels denied they were responsible for the attack. KFOR's spokesman in Kosovo, Squadron Leader Richard Heffor, told reporters that the attack, which was clearly against a village inside Kosovo territory, was "regretable."
The Macedonian army yesterday launched an offensive to drive the rebels out of the border region. Shelling could be heard today near the Macedonian village of Gracani.
A spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency said more than 40,000 people have fled their homes in Macedonia in the past month. Nearly half of them have crossed into neighboring countries.