Kosovo Serbs block roads leading to Serbian border

Kosovo Serbs block roads leading to Serbian border< /p> UPDATE DAY

Kosovar police said on Sunday they came under fire in the north of the country where barricades were erected on roads leading into Serbia, in protest against the government's border policy.< /strong> 

There were no injuries from the shots, police said in a statement.

Both crossing points were closed to traffic.

On Sunday evening, hundreds of Kosovo Serbs massed trucks, tankers and other heavy vehicles on the roads leading to the Jarinje and Brnjak crossings, an AFP journalist noted.

A crowd then settled around the barricades, with the stated intention of spending the night there.

As of Monday, anyone entering Kosovo with a Serbian identity card will have to replace it with a document temporary during his stay in the country, according to a decision of the government of Pristina.

In addition, Kosovo Serbs whose vehicles bear license plates issued in Serbia will have to replace them with Republic of Kosovo plates within two months.

Prime Minister Albin Kurti clarified on Sunday that it was a measure of reciprocity, insofar as Serbia – which does not recognize the independence of its former province with an Albanian majority proclaimed in 2008 – demands the same from Kosovars who enter its territory.

The Kosovo Serbs do not recognize the authority of Pristina nor the independence of Kosovo, and remain loyal to Belgrade on which they depend financially.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an address to the nation on Sunday that the situation in Kosovo had “never been more complex” for Serbia and the Serbs living there.

“The atmosphere has been brought to a boil,” Vucic said, adding that “Serbia will win” if the Serbs are attacked.

For his part, Albin Kurti accused Vucic of triggering “unrest

“The next few hours, days and weeks can be difficult and problematic,” the Kosovar president wrote on Facebook.

Last September, the north of Kosovo was the scene of strong tensions, after Pristina's decision to ban Serbian license plates on its territory, punctuated by daily demonstrations and blocking of traffic at the two border crossings.