Headlines and excerpts from the press, April and May of 1999

NATO raid's deadly miss
(AP) ... A NATO attack left 12 civilians dead and dozens injured.  In Aleksinac, pools of blood and human body parts could be seen in the wreckage of one building.  San Francisco Examiner, April 6, 1999.

Serbs call attack on train 'criminal'
(AP) ... An allied hit was blamed for turning a Yugoslav passenger train into a heap of burning wreckage....  At least 10 people aboard the train were killed.... Oakland Tribune, April 13, 1999.

Carnage blamed on NATO
(AP) ... Two of the strikes hit convoys of ethnic Albanian refugees, killing at least 64 and wounding 20.  San Francisco Examiner, April 24, 1999.

Civilian Housing Area Hit
in Yugoslavia, NATO Admits

NATO conceded Wednesday that its warplanes had fired at least one laser-guided bomb into a housing area....  At least 16 people were killed.  Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1999. 

Serbs Say Allied Missile
Killed 34 On a Bus

... The wreckage of a bus that had been sliced in two,apparently by a NATO missile,still smoldered.  At least four bodies and many body parts lay scattered around.
The Serbs tonight said 34 bodies had been recovered,and 15 children were believed to be among the dead.  The New York Times, May 2, 1999.

NATO Planes Hit Chinese
Embassy, Other Civilian Sites

NATO warplanes bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade ... hours after allied cluster bombs killed 15 civilians in the city of Nis....  The blast sprayed fire and deadly metal fragments into homes, outdoor market stalls, cafes and two hospitals.  Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1999.

Dozens of Kosovo Albanians
Killed in Nighttime Air Raid

At least 53 Kosovo Albanian refugees, a number of them children, were killed here when their roadside camp was bombed late Thursday in an area that had been under intense NATO airstrikes for days....
    At least a dozen children were among the dead.  An infant buttoned up in terry cloth sleepers lay among the corpses that filled the local morgue.  Another child was incinerated in the fire that swept through the camp.  The child's carbonized body was still lying on the ground Friday morning, beside that of an adult, in the middle of a tangle of farmer's tractors and wagons that were still burning 12 hours after the attack.  LA Times, May 15, 1999.

Airstrikes hit hospital, fuel depot
Belgrade bombardment occurs during religious holiday
(AP)...NATO warplanes hammered Belgrade and its suburbs Thursday,leaving a hospital in smoldering ruins, three patients dead and eight foreign diplomatic missions damaged.  Oakland Tribune, May 21, 1999.

Civilian Deaths in Airstrikes
Erode NATO Credibility

Low-flying NATO bombers destroyed a bridge between two Serbian river towns Sunday,toppling cars into the water and killing at least nine civilians in a midday strike near a crowded riverfront market,witnesses said.
    The attack left six people missing in the Velika Morava River and 28 injured.  Some of the victims had rushed onto the span to help people wounded by the initial strike when two more bombs hit seven minutes later,townspeople told reporters at the scene in Varvarin....
    A later airstrike wounded two European journalists and killed a driver in their convey in Kosovo....
    Scenes of the wrecked bridge on television here and around the world dealt a new blow to NATO's credibility.
    Milivoje Ciric, a priest at the church, was among those killed by the follow-up pair of blasts.  Witnesses said he had rushed to the bridge to help the wounded.  His decapitated body lay in the town morgue with those of six other men killed by the blast and that of a woman who drowned.  LA Times, May 31, 1999.

Family House, Nis, Yugoslavia, July, 1999

Freedom Bridge over the Danube, Novi Sad, April, 1999

Civilians, Surdulica, April, 1999 (from the photo exhibit "Destruction of Yugoslavia," courtesy of

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