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Serbian police said Saturday they had discovered a crematory in southern Kosovo where, they claimed, ethnic Albanian rebels had burned the bodies of at least 22 Serb civilians.

The police statement said the furnace was found in the village of Klecka, recently retaken by government forces. The statement, carried by the official Tanjug news agency, was the latest in a series of claims of brutality and atrocities by both sides. It could not be independently confirmed.

Meanwhile, 13 women and children who had been wounded Thursday by fierce shelling were evacuated by the Red Cross from a crowded refugee village to the Kosovo capital of Pristina.

The victims were among an estimated 50,000 ethnic Albanians near Senik, a village in southwestern Kosovo, where they fled after their own communities were shelled by Yugoslav army tanks.

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