EXTERMINATION OF A NATION; Refugees Herded on to Nazi-Style Trains Clear Evidence of Concentration Camps Ethnic Intellectuals Picked out and Killed

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THOUSANDS of women and children trapped in Kosovo face starvation within 10 days unless the Serbs allow aid to reach them.

Families have had no food or medical supplies for more than a week, with Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic letting nothing through.

Catherine Bertinia, of the United Nations, said: "People in Kosovo cannot live for long and may be dead within seven to 10 days. Those people may be starving."

The last food rations were handed out on March 23.

Bertinia, director of the UN's World Food Programme, added: "It is impossible to air-drop food - it is difficult to locate people, and the planes are required to fly low which would make them targets.

"Unless we can find a way to get food to them, people will die. We know the majority of them will be women and children."

More than 140,000 people have fled Kosovo since NATO bombing began.

Reports say refugee children have been killed by mines and by the extreme cold.

Last night, an RAF Hercules carrying 20 tons of tents and blankets - the first Scottish aid - took off from Prestwick Airport.

Scottish International Relief have also smuggled money into Kosovo via nuns.

But it emerged last night that the Sisters of the Holy Cross had been expelled .

It is feared the Serbs have set up Nazi-style concentration camps in Kosovo. One is believed to be a converted football stadium holding 100,000 ethnic Albanians. In other overtones of Nazi tactics, leading Albanian intellectuals have been executed and families shipped off on to trains at gunpoint.

Records have also been altered in an "Orwellian" bid to erase ethnic Albanians from history.

The German authorities yesterday told of the death camps.

Defence minister Rudolf Scharping cited growing evidence that Yugoslav soldiers were rounding up Kosovo civilians.

He said men and teenage boys were being killed or interned in camps.

Mr Scharping added: "We have serious reports that there are concentration camps, like Bosnia."

Earlier, an Albanian official claimed there were three concentration camps. Hashim Thaci said one had been set up at the main stadium in Pristina, Kosovo's capital, and that held 100,000.

The Foreign Office said they were worried about the fact that so few men were arriving at the borders of neighbouring countries seeking sanctuary with their families.

Officials said there was little they could do except watch and wait.

However, another reason for the lack of men may be the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army stopping tens of thousands of people fleeing. Many of the men are then sent back to fight the Serbs but it is unclear how much coercion is being used.

Meanwhile, Mr Scharping highlighted the murder of Albanian intellectuals.

He stated: "It's a systematic extermination that recalls in a horrible way what was done in the name of Germany at the beginning of World War II, for example in Poland."

In addition, interpreters who worked with international observers have been killed. …