Kosovo says offices attacked in volatile north when serbs block roads

Kosovo special police officers are depicted as hundreds of Kosovo Serbs protest against An government forbid on entry of vehicles with Serbian license plates in Jarinje, Kosovo, Sept. 21, 2021. REUTERS/Laura Hasani/File Photo

PRISTINA, Sept. 25 (Reuters) – Two Interior Ministry offices in Northern Kosovo was attacked at border crossings die were blocked by local Serbs die were furious over a ban on auto’s with Serbian license plates are entering the country, police said on Saturday.

The car registration office in the city of Zubin Potok was set in ablaze and two hand grenades were thrown at the registry office office in the city of Zvecan, although they did not go offsaid the police.

There was no way of any victims.

Serbs from Kosovo north blocked two main weigh in near the border since the government ban went in on force on Monday. All drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration data die being valid for 60 days.

the Kosovo government says to be move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia.

Serbian warplanes flew close to the Jarinje border crossing, where Serbian protesters cheered them on. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the proximity. Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were on their way to the border, but the Serbian army was not give any particulars.

Tensions between the two countries are with them now highest for year. NATOs mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, mentioned for control.

“Serbia clearly wants to militarize and escalate the situation. It brings the border met Russian-made helicopters and planes … Serbia lures a serious international conflict,” Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti told news conference.

He accused Serbia of “encouraging and supporting” individuals to attack the state of Kosovo. Kosovo held an urgent Security Council meeting, but no details were given over what was discussed.

Kurti has asked Serbia for start recognize Kosovo car license plates until allow free movement of people and goods. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said that Kosovo should first remove police units sent to the north of Kosovo to help enforcing the car plate measures.

The two countries concerned in 2013 to met dialogue sponsored by the European Union to try resolve outstanding issues but few progress has been made.Kosovo’s independence is recognized by some 110 countries including the United States, Great Britain and most western states, but not by Russia, Serbia traditional ally, and five EU Member States.

Reporting by Fatos Bytyci, editing by Igor Ilic and Nick Zieminski

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