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Klečka killings

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Target  Kosovo Serb civilians
Start date  July 1998
Total number of deaths  22
Attack type  Mass murder
Perpetrators  Kosovo Liberation Army
Location  Lipljan
Perpetrator  Kosovo Liberation Army

The Klečka killings were the mass murder of 22 Kosovo Serb civilians, including children, by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) over a period of several days in July 1998, during the Kosovo War. After the killings, members of the KLA attempted to dispose of the massacre-victims by incinerating their remains in a lime kiln. The Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the killings as a "Nazi-style crime."

Klečka, a village located approximately 40 kilometers southwest of Pristina, was a significant logistics and training base for the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the summer of 1998. Serbian police took Klečka from the Kosovo Liberation Army on 27 August 1998 after heavy fighting. Afterwards, they quickly gave access to television crews and foreign correspondents, claiming that twenty-two Serb civilians had been killed in the village in the previous month. They alleged that after the killings occurred, members of the KLA attempted to dispose of the massacre-victims by incinerating their remains in a lime kiln.

The Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the international community of double standards over the clashes which were occurring in Kosovo, and condemned the killings in Klečka as a "Nazi-style crime." A representative of the Kosovo Liberation Army denied that the organization had anything to do with the killings, stating that "the KLA has not killed a single Serb civilian."

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Klečka killings Wikipedia


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