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Bosnian Serbs heavily shelled the only land route out of Sarajevo, and explosions and gunfire rattled the Bosnian capital early Tuesday.

Serbs fired at least 30 mortar rounds late Monday at the dirt road over Mount Igman and at a government-held suburb at the base of the strategic summit south of Sarajevo, a U.N. spokesman said.The spokesman, Maj. Pierre Chavancy, said most of the rounds were 120mm caliber and subject to the NATO-backed ban on heavy weapons around Sarajevo.

Explosions also rocked the Serb-held suburb of Ilidza, and Cha-vancy said they were thought to be government retaliatory mortar fire. Further blasts and gunfire shook other confrontation lines around Sarajevo Tuesday.

Four artillery or mortar rounds landed south and east of the U.N.-controlled airport, near Bosnian government and Serb front lines.

Serb gunners surround the U.N.-controlled airport, through which most of Sarajevo's humanitarian aid passes. Their refusal to assure its security has effectively closed it, save for a few U.N. military resupply flights.

Even the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia, Victor Jackovich, and his eight-member American entourage were forced to take a dangerous land route out of the Bosnian capital Monday after Serbs refused to guarantee the safety of their flight.

The Serbs have long been angered by the U.N. policy of allowing select Bosnians - government officials, local employees of international organizations, U.N.-accredited journalists and medical patients - onto flights.

That, the U.N. hinted Monday, could change.