Besieged Sarajevo received its first snowfall of the season Thursday, and U.N. officials said their efforts to rush in relief supplies were being hindered by continued cease-fire violations.
U.N. relief agencies reported that an estimated 10 percent of the 400,000 residents and refugees in the city were malnourished."Winter is setting in and people need much more food than in the summer because they need to burn more calories to stay warm," said Peter Kessler, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. "They're in a very precarious position."
The snow disappeared quickly from the city center, but neighborhoods on the hillsides were covered with at least an inch. One group of children sledded down a hill while others built a small snowman on the woodpile outside their house.
Cmdr. Barry Frewer, a Canadian naval officer and spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force, said there had been numerous violations of the week-old cease-fire in the Sarajevo area Wednesday and elsewhere in Bosnia-Herze-govina.
He said a relief convoy headed for the Bosnian town of Vitez came under fire while stopped at a Croat militia checkpoint near Mostar, wrecking the wheels of one of the food trucks.