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Buses with Kosovo Serbs Pelted With Stones

Several Kosovo Serbs, including at least three children, were hurt when locals pelted with stones buses traveling back from a popular saints day celebration.

B92, RTS, BIRN

Unidentified persons threw stones at buses with children and students as they returned from celebrations marking St Vitus Day at Gazimestan, near Pristina, on Friday.

They are receiving treatment in the nearby Serbian enclave of Gracanica.

The well-known Serbian Orthodox cleric, Sava Janjic, wrote on his Twitter account that Kosovo Albanians stoned five of the buses in all. "Five buses were damaged, there are injuries," he wrote.

"Witnesses said that groups of Albanians waited for Serbian buses in ambush, some even followed the buses in their cars," Fr Janjic added.

The Serbian broadcaster B92 says that the buses were attacked at two locations, most seriously near the village of Milosevo, close to Gazimestan.

Kosovo police said they are working on the case.

Kosovo Serbs gather every year to honour St Vitus, a 4th-Century Christian martyr, at the site of the Battle of Kosovo of 1389.

The battle, which Serbia lost to the Ottoman invaders, is seen as a crucial moment in Serbian history and has inspired much of Serbia's epic poetry.

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