NATO is to send 700 extra troops to Kosovo and put another battalion on high alert to go in as unrest in the region has intensified since ethnic Albanian mayors took office in the country’s northern Serb-majority area after votes last month.
In the town of Zvecan on Tuesday, dozens of NATO soldiers in anti-riot gear from the United States, Poland and Italy secured a municipal building as Serbs against protested against the Albanian mayor.
The Serbian protesters dispersed around 4 p.m. and will return on Wednesday morning, the Serbian Tanjug news agency reported, citing Serbian officials in Zvecan.
Some 30 NATO peacekeeping soldiers defending three town halls in northern Kosovo were injured in clashes with Serb protesters on Monday. Fifty-two protesters were wounded.
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