KFOR: Injured Italian soldiers return to their country

2023-06-05 18:50:36, Kosova & Bota CNA

KFOR: Injured Italian soldiers return to their country

The NATO mission in Kosovo, KFOR, announced on June 5 that 15 injured Italian soldiers have returned home for medical treatment.

According to the KFOR announcement, 11 of these injured soldiers were injured during the clashes on May 29 in Zveçan, while eight others were referred from the Villagio Italia camp in Peja for medical treatment.

"Today, 15 of the 19 bodies returned to Italy and were transferred to the Italian military hospital 'Celio' for further medical treatment. The others will recover in the KFOR medical infirmary at the KFOR Headquarters and are scheduled to return to their duties soon," the KFOR statement said.

On the same day, NATO announced that reinforcements, consisting of 500 soldiers from Turkey, have begun to arrive in Kosovo.

NATO said that these reinforcement troops will stay in Kosovo for "as long as it is needed" and that another battalion has been put on high alert for deployment in Kosovo in case of need.

Since May 29, the local Serbs of the northern municipalities - Zveçan, Leposaviq and Zubin Potok - have been protesting to oppose the entry of the new Albanian mayors into the municipal buildings.

On May 29, the situation escalated in Zveçan, after Serbian protesters clashed with KFOR members.

As a result, 30 members of the peacekeeping force and 52 Serbs were injured.

The head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has strongly condemned the violence against KFOR members.

The violence has prompted NATO to commit 700 additional troops to Kosovo, in addition to the 4,000 troops that are already in this country./ REL

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