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9 KILLED IN ATTACK ON HOSPITAL; 3 DIE AS SHELL HITS SOUP KITCHEN

Nine people were killed in a Serb artillery attack on a hospital in Bihac in northeast Bosnia and three died when a tank shell hit a Red Cross soup kitchen in the republic's capital Sarajevo, reports said Wednesday.

Croatian radio, reporting the bombardment against Muslim-held Bihac, said 20 people were seriously wounded.Journalists at Muslim-controlled Sarajevo Radio said the soup kitchen in the town center was packed with people when it was struck. At least 28 were wounded.

Both incidents happened Tuesday evening shortly before the U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Serb-led Yugoslavia from its ranks and the United States called for Serbia to be investigated for alleged war crimes in Bosnia.

The assembly voted 127-6 with 26 abstentions to exclude a member for the first time in the 47-year history of the organization.

Yugoslavia, now comprising only Serbia and Montenegro, will have to reapply for admission and will not be regarded as the successor state of the prewar federation of six republics.

The assembly ignored a last-minute plea from Yugoslav Prime Minister Milan Panic for more time when he said, "Do not undermine a man of peace."

Serbia's former communist leaders, with whom Panic is involved in a power struggle, deny responsibility for the war in Bosnia where more than 11,000 people have been killed and more than a million displaced.

But the United States submitted to the assembly a list of what it said were credible allegations of war crimes committed by Serb forces armed by the Yugoslav army.

It included killings, the torture of prisoners, destruction of property, deportations and the abuse of civilians in detention camps.

The State Department wants the United Nations to set up a commission to investigate the charges and prosecute offenders.