Heavy Serb shelling set back plans to restore power and water to Sarajevo today as a ground offensive sought to cut the city's only supply line.
The artillery barrage was one of the fiercest bombardments of the 16-month-old siege on the capital and jeopardized planned peace talks. Late Thursday, the U.N. Security Council demanded an end to the attacks.Cmdr. Barry Frewer, a spokesman for U.N. peacekeepers, said U.N. monitors counted 3,777 rounds fired from Serb positions Thursday, including 680 rounds that landed in central Sarajevo.
Among the buildings damaged was one of the city's three electricity stations, another setback in the struggle to restore power and running water, which have been out for a month.
Frewer said fighting continued on Mount Igman in southwestern Sarajevo, which controls Sarajevo's only supply line. The weeklong Serb offensive apparently seeks to block the last route in and out of the city.
At least 138,000 people are dead or missing in Bosnia's war, which erupted when Bosnian Serbs rebelled over the state's independence from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia.
Serb leaders have threatened to crush the Bosnian government unless it agrees to a Serb-Croat plan to divide Bosnia into three ethnic states.
Frewer said the bombardment on Sarajevo was possibly a step toward fulfilling that threat.
"They are putting pressure on all areas of Sarajevo," Frewer said.
About 140 of the rounds fired Thursday landed near a barracks housing Ukrainian peacekeepers, but none of them was hurt.