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FRENCH SOLDIERS FIRE ON SERBS

French soldiers turned their biggest guns on Serb rebels, pounding them with howitzer rounds in retaliation for an attack on U.N. peacekeepers.

The French gunners, part of the international rapid reaction force, fired six 155 mm rounds at a Serb position late Tuesday. U.N. officials Wednesday said they believed they had hit the target.It was the first time that the force had opened up with the howitzers, which were installed on Mount Igman directly southwest of the capital Sarajevo in recent days.

U.N. officials Wednesday also expressed outrage over Serb shelling of the northern government-held city of Tuzla, where thousands of Muslim refugees from eastern Bosnia have set up camp at the airport.

At least two shells landed inside the airport compound Tuesday night, officials there said. One female refugee was injured.

"We are very angry about this deliberate targeting of an area where you have thousands of people in the open," said spokesman Mans Nyberg for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Many of the refugees in Tuzla came from the Muslim-led government enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa, which fell to the Bosnian Serbs last month.

Thousands of Muslim men from Srebrenica still are unaccounted for, and Wednesday in Geneva, a report released by the United Nations said evidence was mounting that many were slaughtered.

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who quit as the U.N.'s chief human rights investigator in protest at the fall of the U.N. "safe area," demanded the Bosnian Serbs immediately account for the missing men and allow access to suspected mass graves shown in recently released U.S. spy photos.

U.N. peacekeepers in Sarajevo fired at a Serb position blamed by the United Nations for firing mortars at an observation post on Tuesday. Six Egyptians peacekeepers manning the post were wounded, two of them seriously.

The shelling was part of a surge in fighting around Sarajevo in which eight people had been killed by Wednesday morning.