Makhachkala, Russia; 20 August 1999 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Defense Ministry says fighter jets today attacked Islamic rebel units inside the breakaway republic of Chechnya, while continuing to raid villages held by Islamic militants in neighboring Dagestan. An unnamed Defense Ministry spokesman said the raids near the Chechen villages of Kenkhi and Benoi targeted some 400 rebels who planned to enter Dagestan, where insurgents have been battling for two weeks to establish a separate Islamic state.
MINE/UXO THREAT IN KOSOVO PROVINCE
BASIC SECURITY INFORMATION FOR RETURNING REFUGEES
As of 19 August, 761,600 people have returned to Kosovo after residing in camps or with host families in Albania, the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro (Yugoslavia), Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries during the air strikes. The recent Kosovo Rapid Village Assessment, undertaken in 450 villages affected by the conflict, showed that 50,000 homes were destroyed or inhabitable.
AUGUST 20 -- The United Nations will begin the voluntary resettlement of Kosovar Albanian families to their homes in Mitrovicia on Friday, a UN spokesman announced.
AUGUST 20 -- The head of the United Nations Kosovo operation, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, visited the Gnjilane and Ferizaje sector Thursday to assess the security situation, meeting with local officials and the commander of the KFOR security force in the area.
The Secretary-General's Special Representative was briefed by the commander of the United States KFOR contingent in Gnjilane, General Peterson, on KFOR efforts to create a safe and secure environment.
Friday, 20 August 1999: A UNICEF flight carrying 27 metric tons of special relief supplies targeting the needs of children will land in Ankara this afternoon, the first stage of an effort to ensure that the youngest of Turkey's earthquake victims get the help they need.
Developments today, 20 August 1999 - Updated 2:30 p.m. EST
George Foulkes today announced further assistance for those suffering the aftermath of the Turkish Earthquake.
"This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and our prayers are with the Turkish people" said George Foulkes. "The full scale of the situation is still unfolding and we are making every effort to assist."
"Thousands of people have died, and many more are trapped under the rubble. Our search and rescue teams have worked without rest and have been successful and rescued a number of people.
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Ottawa -- Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide additional aid to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey, announced today the Honourable Maria Minna, Minister for International Cooperation.
"The damage caused by the earthquake is devastating and has left hundreds of thousands homeless and tens of thousands injured," said Minister Minna.
Eighty-six women, children, and men benefit from direct transport home
appeal no. 19/99
situation report no. 3
period covered: 20 August, 1999
Pristina, Skopje - August 20, 1999
CONSOLIDATED KOSOVO RETURN STATISTICS
New York, 20 August -- Responding to a request from the Turkish Ministry of Health, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is flying in emergency reproductive health supplies as the first part of a larger effort to address the urgent needs of women and infant victims of Tuesday's earthquake. The supplies include safe blood transfusion and safe delivery equipment, antibiotics and equipment to perform caesarean sections and to resuscitate mothers and babies.
The Plane with the Search Team is Scheduled to Arrive at Ataturk Airport on Saturday, August 21, 1999 at approximately 8:30 a.m. (Turkey Time)
Washington, DC - Today, the Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Harriet C.
Press Release-SG/SM/7106 -19990820
1- GENERAL SITUATION
By Jon Hemming
GOLCUK, Turkey, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Turkey said on Friday a "horrendous" number of people were still buried under the rubble of this week's earthquake. Fears also grew of an epidemic in the worst-hit areas.
With the tally of confirmed dead above 9,000, the United Nations in Geneva said it had been told by Ankara that 35,000 people were still trapped in thousands of houses destroyed on Tuesday.
Ankara's Crisis Centre declined to comment directly on the figure given by the U.N., but an official said: "The figures are horrendous.
Vendredi 20 août : 10 expatriés
de Médecins du Monde (2 médecins, 3 infirmières, 4 logisticiens et 1 administrateur)
sont désormais présents en Turquie, dans la région de Gölc=FCk. Cette équipe
dispose de 7 tonnes de matériels médical et logistique de première urgence
pour venir en aide aux victimes du tremblement de terre.
Médecins du Monde met à la disposition des particuliers qui souhaitent son action en faveur des victimes du séisme un numéro vert : 0800 014