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At least 30 NATO peacekeepers mission in Kosovo (KFOR) was injured after the Serb demonstrators demonstrated against The election of elected The ethnic Albanian mayors clashed in Country north.

Kosovo Force mission He said it was faced “Unprovoked attacks” while facing a hostile crowd after clashes between demonstrators with And the police tried force they way to government building in northern town of from the can.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said 52 Serbs were injured, three of them seriously one injured with 2 shots by an Albanian (interracial) special forces.”

Hungary defense minister He said on Facebook “more From 20 Hungarian soldiersAmong the wounded, with Seven in Serious but stable condition.

Foreign Italy minister He said three of that it soldiers Seriously injured, the country’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni joined NATO in Connection for All parties to take a step back to lower tensions.

boycotted by Kosovo Serbs last Elections of the month in northern cities, which allowed the ethnic Albanians to dominate of Local councils, despite the low turnout of less than 3.5% of voters.

Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti government Mayors are officially installed last This week, in defiance of calls for an easing of tensions between the European Union and the United States, which defended the territory’s independence in 2008 from Serbia.

Many Serbs are calling for withdrawal of Kosovo Police Forces – Existence in Northern Kosovo has long raised resistance – and so have ethnic Albanian mayors who don’t consider them true representative.

Fractures and burns

Early Monday, Clusters of Serbs clashed with Kosovo regiments in Before of Municipal building in Zvecan with a Serbian majority. They tried to enter, after which law enforcement officers responded firing Tear gas, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.

in firstNATO-led peacekeeping forces in infidels mission He tried to separate the protesters from the police but they later began to disperse the crowd using shields And the clubs, saw an AFP journalist.

Many of the protesters responded by throwing stones, bottles, and Molotov cocktails soldiers But they were soon pushed back a few hundred meters from the municipality of Zvecan building.

“While countering more than others active Margins of Several crowd soldiers of The Italian and Hungarian contingent of the KFOR were the subject of Unprovoked attacks and wound injuries with Fractures and burns as a result of the explosion of “Incendiary devices,” Kafour said. in a permit.

Eleven Italian soldiers were injured, with “three in “The situation is serious,” said Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani.

“We will not tolerate any more attacks against Meloni said: “Infidels.” avoid Further unilateral action on the part of the Kosovo authorities and for All parties to take a step back to lower tensions.

NATO strongly condemned the “unprovoked” attacks. against The KFOR forces added that such actions were “totally unacceptable”.

“The violence must stop immediately. We call on All sides should refrain from actions that further inflame tensions and engage in dialogueNATO said.

Leader of The KFOR mission, Major General Angelo Michele Restuccia, criticized the “unacceptable” attacks and asserted that KFOR “will continue to carry out its mandate impartially”.

Kosovo police said that “organized” protesters had gathered in northern kosovo cities, home to many Serbs who Reject Kosovo’s independence from Serbia.

“protesters, using violence and throwing tear gas, he tried to cross the security cordon and storm the municipality building by force.” in Kosovo police Zvecan said in a permit.

The police forced it use Legal means such as (pepper) to stop the protesters and control the situation.”

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. However, Belgrade F key And allies Russia and China have refused to recognize it, effectively blocking Kosovo from a seat at the United Nations.

Serbs in Kosovo remained largely loyal to Belgrade, in particular in The north is where they are made up Majority rejects all move by Pristina to consolidate its control over the region.

international concern

KFOR said it had beefed up its presence in Northern Kosovo after latest It urged Belgrade and Pristina to participate in led by the European Union dialogue to reduce tensions.

“we call on All parties should refrain from actions that could exacerbate tensions or cause Kafour said.

The police had already Friday used tear gas to disperse the Serbs in Northern Kosovo who They protested the installation of Mayors.

Belgrade responded by alerting its army and ordering troops towards the Serbian border with Kosovo.

On a visit to Kenya, a foreign Russian minister “The Serbs are fighting,” Sergey Lavrov said for their rights in Northern Kosovo”.

“a big The explosion looms in the heart of Europe, where NATO is in 1999 carried out out aggression against Yugoslavia,” referring to the 1999 NATO intervention against Belgrade which effectively ended the war between Serb forces and Albanian fighters.

The US ambassador and the EU envoy summoned the ethnic Albanian mayors to a meeting in Pristina in Try to relieve tensions.

two media teams From Pristina he reported that demonstrators slashed their tires and sprayed them vehicleswhile the local Journalists Association called on Law enforcers to provide safe work environment for the media.

after first-round Winning the French Open on On Monday, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic wrote, “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. stop violence on television camera.

Kosovo is our cradle, our stronghold, the center of The most important stuff for “Our country,” Djokovic told reporters.

“I am against War, violence and conflict of of any kind and they’ve always shown it publicly. Of course I sympathize with Everyone but what happens with former Kosovo in international Law.”

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