Baks, Skenderaj

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Baks is located in Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°43′09″N 20°52′36″E / 42.71917°N 20.87667°E / 42.71917; 20.87667Coordinates: 42°43′09″N 20°52′36″E / 42.71917°N 20.87667°E / 42.71917; 20.87667
2,300 ft (700 m)
 • Total1,044
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+381 290
Car plates02

Baks is a settlement in the Skenderaj municipality in Kosovo. It lies 680–700 m over sea level.[1] The village is exclusively inhabited by ethnic Albanians; in the 1991 census, it had 1044 inhabitants.


It lies in the hilly region of Drenica, on the western slopes of Çiçavica, six km southeast from Skenderaj.[2]


The ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) had by 1997 controlled large parts of the Drenica region to save the Albanian population from Serbian forces. The nearby. village of Prekaz was the home to KLA leader Adem Jashari, who was killed together with most of his family in the Attack on Prekaz.[3] During the Kosovo War, in late March 1999, Serb military forces undertook an offensive throughout Skenderaj.[4] Villages were shelled and inhabitants of several villages, including Baks, fled to Çirez.[4] Men from the village were captured an some where killed by Serb police during operations in Drenas and Skenderaj.[5] In 2017, Bekim Jashari built houses for financially weak people from Baks.

Demographic history
Ethnic group 1948 1953 1961 1971 1981[6] 1991
Albanians 881
Others 1
Total[7] 732 587 628 688 882 1044


The village is primarily of livestock farming.[1]


  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.


Demographic development in Baks


  • Krieger, Heike (2001). The Kosovo Conflict and International Law: An Analytical Documentation 1974-1999. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-80071-6.
  • Human Rights Watch Warcrimes in Kosovo
  • Geographic Baks
  1. ^ a b Srboljub Đ Stamenković (2002). Географска енциклопедија населjа Србије: С-Ш. Географски факултет. p. 73. ISBN 978-86-82657-21-7. Бакс
  2. ^ Dimitrije M. Kalezić (2002). Enciklopedija pravoslavlja. Savremena administracija. p. 126. БАКС. У данашььем арбанашком, некада чисто срп- ском селу, на западним падинама планине Чичавице, шест километара неточно од Србице. локалитети Црква и Црквени До докази су за то да су ту посто^али стари фиски храмови.
  3. ^ Krieger 2001, p. 93.
  4. ^ a b Krieger 2001, p. 56.
  5. ^ Krieger 2001, p. 58.
  6. ^ Census, Kosovo (Preliminary)
  7. ^
    Kosovo cen suses 1948–1991