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Macedonia: Rebels Wound Six Policemen

Skopje, 12 June 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Reports say ethnic Albanian fighters wounded six Macedonian policemen late last night near the northwestern town of Tetovo. The reported attack came hours after the fighters said they would honor a cease-fire called by the government.

A police spokesman said the fighters ambushed the policemen. Macedonian state television said none of the policemen were seriously injured.

Macedonian government spokesman Nikola Dimitrov said the decision to call the cease-fire was made to allow international officials to enter the area around Kumanovo and inspect damage to pumps supplying water to the city.

Rebel spokesman Dren Korabi told Reuters his men would stick to their previously made offer to respond only if attacked by the Macedonian army.

Earlier, ethnic Albanian fighters had threatened to attack the capital Skopje, along with the airport and an oil refinery if the Macedonian army continued its shelling.

Meanwhile, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said yesterday more than 14,000 ethnic Albanians have sought refuge in Kosovo since 8 June after fleeing fighting in Macedonia.