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SERBS REJECT FLIGHT BAN, AS RELIEF FOR BOSNIA RESUMES

By Associated Press / October 5, 1992



SARAJEVO

The United States Air Force said yesterday that three more of its flights reached Sarajevo, raising hope that an international airlift can resume to help thousands facing possible starvation in the capital.

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As many as seven US, French, and Canadian relief flights were possible yesterday after a US Air Force cargo plane landed with much-needed food in Sarajevo on Saturday. It was the first flight since a ban was imposed after an Italian relief plane was shot down Sept. 3.

Relief officials fear that winter could claim many lives unless there are adequate supplies of food, fuel, and materials to repair war-damaged homes.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Bosnian Serbs' air force, Maj. Gen. Zivomir Ninkovic, said he would be capitulating if he were to accept a "no fly" zone. President Bush on Friday promised to enforce it militarily if necessary.