Serbs Bomb Maglaj with Napalm and Cluster Bombs, 12 dead and 50 wounded
The Telegraph-Herald, p.11B
8 October 1992.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Rebel Serbs, heartened by their captured of a strategic border town, pounded other targets in northern Bosnia today, prompting warnings of possible foreign military intervention.
Sarajevo was relatively quiet. Repair crews set out to restore cut utilities to the capital and its surroundings, and a senior U.N. general warned the U.N. troops escorting them would return fire if the crews were attacked.
Serb artillery, meanwhile, pounded the towns of Gradacac and Maglaj with “destructive howitzer shells, particularly incendiary ones,” and attacked them by air, Bosnian radio said.
On Wednesday, Serb planes dropped cluster and napalm bombs on Maglaj and the towns of Tesanj and Teslic, all located in an area 60 to 90 miles north of Sarajevo, the radio said. It said 12 people were killed and 50 wounded in Maglaj on Wednesday. The reports could not be independently confirmed.
At the United Nations headquarters in New York, officials said the United States would provide a military field hospital for Bosnian war victims, marking the first time U.S. personnel participation in the U.N. peacekeepeing operation.
The field hospital is to be set up in the Croatia capital, Zagreb, however, far from the battle lines in neighboring Bosnia, said U.N. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.
More than 14,000 people have been killed in Bosnia since February, when the majority Bosniaks and Croats voted to secede from Serbian-dominated Yugoslavia. Bosnian Serbs took up arms to create their own republic within Bosnia and maintain ties with Yugoslavia.
Bosnian radio said 10 villages in the Brcko area were retaken by government forces today, causing “confusion” in Serb ranks.
The resurgent fighting followed a major Serb victory late Tuesday.
The latest Serb advance means they have taken control of 70 percent of Bosnia in the 7-months-old civil war.
The Serbian push all but eliminated a Bosnian government threat to cut communication links between Serbia proper and the rebel-held Krajina region in western Bosnia.
The latest Serb advance prompted warnings of possible military intervention from abroad.
Iran’s IRNA news agency said today that the country’s Revolutionary Guards were ready to help Bosnia’s “defenseless Muslims.” It quoted the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as saying that “if Western governments are unable to stop the massacre of Muslims there, then they should allow our young Muslim combatants to give the Serbs their dues.”
NATO’s secretary-general, Manfred Woerner, said that if the United Nations decided military intervention was neede din Bosnia, then the alliance nations would not doubt follow suit.
“If the U.N. decided tomorrow that the only thing that can help is military intervention, then I cannot imagine that the NATO-member states could remain indiferent to the U.N.,” Germany’s mass-circulation Bild newspaper quoted Woerner as saying. He added that such a move would require approval of the 16 NATO members.