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 (Albanian: Beteja e Junikut; Serbian: Битка за Јуник, Bitka za Junik) was a battle fought during the Kosovo War between the Albanian rebel group known as the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and security forces of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia over the town of Junik in western Kosovo.
During the Kosovo War, the town of Junik was the main conduit for weapons smuggling and distribution of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in western Kosovo. On 28 July 1998, the Yugoslav Army (VJ) surrounded the estimated 1,000 to 1,500 KLA insurgents in the town. Government forces then gave civilians and the insurgents one hour to surrender or leave the town, but no one complied once the deadline passed. Heavy fighting ensued. On 17 August 1998, after a siege lasting twenty days, 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 as members of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit stormed the town. 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 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 106 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
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