Battle of Junik
|Battle of Junik|
|Part of the Kosovo War|
Location of the municipality of Junik within Kosovo[a]
|Kosovo Liberation Army||FR Yugoslavia|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Bekim Berisha †||Svetozar Marjanović|
|Casualties and losses|
|Unknown|| 2 soldiers killed
4 policemen killed
The Battle of Junik (Serbian: Битка за Јуник, Bitka za Junik; Albanian: Beteja e Junikut) was a battle fought during the Kosovo War between the Albanian rebel group known as the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Yugoslav security forces over the town of Junik in western Kosovo.[a]
The battle 
On 28 July 1998, the Yugoslav army surrounded the town. Government forces subsequently gave civilians and KLA insurgents one hour to leave. However, no villagers or insurgents had left once the deadline passed.
On 17 August 1998, after a 20-day siege, Yugoslav security forces seized control of Junik, forcing many KLA militants to abandon their weapons and ammunition and flee into the surrounding hills and forests. The result was the restoration of the federal government's control of the village and the key road that lay next to it. During the battle, four Serb policemen and two Yugoslav army soldiers were killed.
|a.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 99 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
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