Chaos Grips Streets of Northern Kosovo as Ethnic Serbs Clash with NATO-Led Forces (+Video)
- May, 30, 2023 - 11:29
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Heavy clashes erupted between Serb protesters and NATO peacekeepers outside municipal building in Zvecan, northern Kosovo.
NATO-led KFOR troops employed tear gas, shock bombs, and rubber bullets to disperse Serbian demonstrators and the Serbs retaliated by throwing stones.
At least 53 people were injured in the clashes, according to local sources.
KFOR reported approximately 25 injuries among its multinational contingent during the clashes.
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