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Yugoslav army tanks rumbled toward Croatia Monday in a show of Serbian force after Croatian troops routed rebel Serbs in a three-day blitz that sent up to 200,000 people fleeing.

Fighting in Croatia resumed after the government reneged on a U.N.-brokered agreement in which the rebels had effectively surrendered. Each side accused the other of attacking civilians, but neither gave casualty figures for the offensive.Long columns of Yugoslav army tanks, armored transporters and trucks towing guns and pontoon bridges thundered through Belgrade Monday morning toward Croatia.

Most of the vehicles turned from the Belgrade-Zagreb highway in the direction of eastern Croatia, and some were believed deployed on Serb-led Yugoslavia's border with Croatia.

The tanks appeared to be both a warning to Croatia not to go after the remaining Serb-held territory in eastern Croatia and a move to quell Serb anger at Yugoslavia's inaction.

A partial mobilization was under way in Serbia's villages and smaller towns, reliable Serb sources said. But there was no sign that Yugoslav troops were involved in fighting.

Just hours earlier, the last rebel Serbs battling Croatian troops had effectively surrendered and agreed to give up heavy weapons in exchange for safe passage into Serb-held sections of neighboring Bosnia.

But the Croatian government, citing reports of Serb airstrikes on Croatian towns, reneged on the U.N.-brokered deal and fighting soon resumed, said U.N. spokeswoman Susan Angle. The reports could not be confirmed.

"The Croats said their offensive would begin again," she said.

The Serbs said 50 people died when Croatian jets attacked a refugee column trying to enter western Bosnia near Bosanski Petrovac, just south of Bihac. The report also could not be confirmed.

Croatian troops, backed by Bosnian government forces who crossed the border, attacked Serb positions in Topusko, 40 miles south of Zagreb, Angle said.

Fighting was also reported near Karlovac, just to the west of Topusko. Croatian radio reported government gains there.

The agreement had called for the Serbs to turn in all weapons except sidearms before leaving for Bosnia, said U.N. spokeswoman Leah Melnick. In return, the deal was to let soldiers and civilians leave the country.

They were to join the tens of thousands of dispirited Serbs who already have fled Croatia in an exodus that could total 200,000 people or more - the biggest single movement of people in four years of war in the former Yugoslavia.

The U.N. spokesman in Topusko, James Kanu, said up to 14,000 refugees had arrived in the town, and a road leading toward Serb-held areas in Bosnia "is full of people, cars and trucks, trying to leave."

But the Bosnian army was pushing north from its Bihac stronghold, moving into the border town of Velika Kladusa and cutting off the refugees' escape route, U.N. officials said.

Croatia consolidated its hold over the route from former Serb holdings in Croatia to Serb-held land in Bosnia with the capture of Glina, 40 miles south of Zagreb. The town fell to government troops Sunday evening after an attack by Croatian jets.

Serb jets also were active Sunday evening, bombing a chemical factory in Kutina, 44 miles southeast of Zagreb, Melnick said. Croatian radio claimed two people died, but Melnick said no chemicals were released and there were no casualties.

Croatian radio said Serb jets bombed Kutina again Monday morning but said the two planes were shot down by Croatian forces.