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About 700 Muslims, most of them women, children and the elderly, fled Serb-held territory in Bosnia Saturday, United Nations and Bosnian government officials said.

"Eleven buses with about 50 persons each crossed into government territory at 5:45 tonight," a U.N. source in Vitez said."Three other buses crossed earlier, we think with men of military age. All were reported to be Muslims and we estimate about 700 came from the Banja Luka area."

The latest expulsions brought to more than 6,000 the number of Muslims driven from their homes in Bosnia by Serb forces since mid-July.