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Lužane bus bombing

NATO bombing of a bus near Lužane
LocationLužane, Kosovo
DateMay 1, 1999
TargetBridge
Attack type
Missile attack
Deaths46
PerpetratorsNATO

The Lužane bus bombing occurred on May 1, 1999 during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, when NATO missiles targeting a bridge in Kosovo[a] hit a bus. The bus was hit on the Lužane north of Pristina. On that day, 46 civilians of Serb and Albanian ethnicity were killed.[1][2][3][4] Among the victims were 14 children. One section plunged off the bridge into the river below.[5] Amnesty International believes that NATO did not always meet its legal obligation in selection targets of attack, one of which includes bombing of this bridge in Lužane, where NATO forces failed to suspend the attack after it was evident that they had struck the civilians.[6] The bus (Niš-Ekspres) was on a regular express service, linking Pristina and Niš.

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Notes

a.   ^ 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 is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 14 later withdrew their recognition.

References

  1. ^ The Kosovo Conflict and International Law: An Analytical Documentation 1974-1999, Heike Krieger
  2. ^ Četrdeset dana rata
  3. ^ Sećanje na žrtve bombardovanja
  4. ^ VOŽNJA KROZ VREME Archived 2012-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Nato bomb hits bus (BBC)
  6. ^ Murphy, Sean (2003). United States Practice in International Law. Cambridge University Press. p. 536.