Serb returnees, priest under attack in Croatia

Ethnic Serbs in the vicinity of Zadar, in Croatia, have once again been targeted Saturday.

Source: B92, Tanjug
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Unknown perpetrators broke into and robbed a house in the village of Ceranje Donje near Benkovac.

The house, which belongs to late Gojko Čubrilo, and is now used by his daughter Ksenija J., bith Serb returnees, was then vandalized.

The attackers also spilled some 500 liters of wine from the barrels inside the house.

Beside this incident, Croatian MUP in Zadar also said a car belonging to Orthodox Serb priest Ljubomir Crnorak was stoned in Benkovac, when all the windows on the vehicle were smashed.

The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Dalmatian Eparchy condemned the incidents, and said the priest's vehicle likely came under attack because of false allegations, printed in a local newspaper, that Crnorak "had erased the Croatian coat of arms from his license plates".

The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) in Croatia, Milorad Pupovac, also condemned the attacks, which happened in his native village, where six returnee houses were vandalized last year.

Some 250,000 Serbs were ethnically cleansed from Croatia during Operation Storm in the summer of 1995. Official Croatian government data says that 50,000 of them have since returned.

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