Kosovo commemorates slaughter of babies and children by Serbia forces 24 years ago 


Prishtina, 17 April 2023, – Kosovo Albanians continue commemoration of slaughter of their beloved ones killed during the 1998-1999 war by Serbia forces, including the one in Paklek village of Drenica region of 17 April 1999 when Serbia police murdered 54 civilians, more than half of them girls and women, including the six-month baby Lirie Muqolli. 

Leaders of Kosovo institutions were today in the Paklek village to commemorate the massacre.

President Vjosa Osmani, Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Speaker of the Parliament Gllauk Konufca laid flowers at the memorial centre of the victims.

“The Paklek massacre is evidence of Serbia’s genocide in Kosovo. Here, 24 years ago, 54 Albanian civilians were killed, because they were Albanians and because they wanted to live free and in peace in their land,” Kurti said during the visit at the memorial centre and site/house of the massacre.

He recalled that 25 of the victims were under the age of 18, while 18 of them under the age of 12.

“Five were babies from 6 months to 2 years old, while Lirie Muqolli was only 6 months old as a baby when she was killed in this massacre”, Kurti recalled.

There are nearly 500 mass murders committed by Serbia’s army, police and paramilitaries with more than 12,000 victims during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war for independence from Serbia.

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