NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) in Kosovo have failed to remove blockades on roads to two contested border crossings between the country’s volatile north and Serbia early on Saturday.
At a roadblock in the village of Zupce about 80 kilometres north of the capital of Pristina, hundreds of Serbs prevented an overnight raid by sitting on the road in front of the armoured personnel carriers and an infantry cordon.
In the nearby village of Jagnjenica,Serbs parked trucks across the road to the Brnjak crossing.
KFOR tried to use a bulldozer to get past barricades the Serbs had used to secure the area.
Tensions mounted in the north as Kosovo’s government tries to stamp its authority over this area. It is home to 60,000 ethnic Serbs, who want to stop Kosovo deploying its own police and customs at the Serbian border.