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    RUSSIA CONTINUES HUMANITARIAN AID TO SERB REFUGEES

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    MOSCOW, April 5, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has started the second stage of humanitarian assistance to Serb refugees in Kosovo. On Tuesday, a train with two module houses with all the essential equipment for refugees will leave Abakan, Siberia, for Belgrade, sources in the emergencies ministry said.

    According to the source, in all, module houses for 100 families will be sent to Kosovo. These will form the basis of a town for Serb refugees in Kosovo, who had to leave their houses as a result of ethnic cleansing in the province.

    During the first stage of the humanitarian operation, March 24-31, seven aircraft and six trucks were sent to Belgrade. They delivered about 200 tons of humanitarian aid - medicines, electric power generators, water filters, tents, beds, bed sheets and field kitchens - to refugees.

    Riots in the province on March 17-20 left 28 killed and over 800 people injured. Over 3,500 Serbs were forced to leave their houses. Albanian extremists burnt 30 Orthodox churches and monasteries, and also several hundred private houses and apartments of Serbs.

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