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NATO peacekeepers injured in Kosovo: What to know about the clashes

By Niha Masih

31 May 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. The violence erupted when newly elected ethnic Albanian mayors in Serb-majority areas of northern Kosovo took office, angering the Serbs who had boycotted elections held in April.

More than two dozen NATO troops were injured in clashes with Serb protesters in Kosovo this week, leading NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to announce the deployment of 700 additional troops to keep the peace in a region with a fraught history of ethnic conflict.

The NATO troops were protecting town halls where ethnic Albanian mayors in Serb-majority areas of northern Kosovo took office. Serbia, neighboring Kosovo's north and east, has put its armed forces on high alert.

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