AID FOR MUSLIM REFUGEES IN BOSNIA Aid workers rushed food, water, milk, and blankets to up to 25,000 fleeing refugees yesterday after Bosnian government forces crushed an 11-month rebellion by a renegade Muslim commander. Some of the refugees were wounded as they fled through minefields, and about 2,000 people were stranded in the northern no man's land between Croat and Serb forces. In Sarajevo, cease-fire violations reached a new high for the month, but the United Nations said it would again try to resume its airlift to the besieged Bosnian capital yesterday. The civilians took flight Sunday after the Muslim-led Bosnian Army defeated troops led by rebel commander Fikret Abdic. Last fall, Mr. Abdic, a wealthy businessman, proclaimed the independence of the Bihac pocket of northwestern Bosnia and cut a deal with Bosnian Serbs, who backed him with artillery. The fall of Abdic's stronghold, Velika Kladusa, on Sunday freed Bosnian Army troops to fight their main enemy, the Serbs. Abdic took refuge in a Serb-held area of Croatia. Somalis attack UN troops
Seven Indian UN peacekeepers were killed and six others were wounded in Somalia yesterday when militia attacked them with antiaircraft guns, mortars, and small arms, a UN military spokesman said. A UN Operation in Somalia military spokesman said the attack on the Indian convoy, near the inland town of Baledogle west of Mogadishu, was ``a carefully coordinated ambush.'' PLO, Israel resume talks
Palestinian and Israeli delegates resumed talks yesterday in Cairo on the planed expansion of Palestinian authority to the rest of the West Bank, saying they were determined to finish their work by tomorrow. Chief Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath told reporters the two sides would do all they could to wrap up in the next three days. Last Thursday, Israel set the first date for handing over powers to Palestinians, saying it would transfer education to their control by Sept. 1. New NAACP director
Earl Shinhoster has been appointed temporarily to replace Benjamin Chavis as head of the NAACP. He is to devise a plan to handle operations until a new administrator for the 85-year-old civil rights organization is hired. The board hopes to find a permanent replacement within 90 days. Shinhoster and Chavis had competed in 1993 to succeed Benjamin Hooks as executive director. Rwandan refugees flee
Beaten back in attempts to cross into the already teeming frontier town of Bukavu, thousands of Rwandans trekked south yesterday to another border crossing in a search for sanctuary in Zaire. The refugees were fleeing ahead of yesterday's deadline for French troops to withdraw from a safe area they established in Rwanda in June [see photo below]. The Rwandans don't trust UN peacekeepers replacing the French to protect them.