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26 years since the fall of the Jashari family, the Epic begins today

March 5, 1998 marked the 26th anniversary of the third attack by Serbian forces against the commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), Adem Jashari, his family and the Jashari neighborhood in Prekaz, Skenderaj.

The fighting lasted for three days, on March 5, 6 and 7. 22 members of Adem Jashari's immediate family, 33 members of the neighborhood and others were killed. Bashkimi, the son of Rifat Jashari, who had managed to escape from the surroundings, and Besarta, Hamza's daughter, had escaped the attack.

The first attack on the Jashari family was made on December 30, 1991, while the second attack was carried out by Serbian paramilitary forces in January 1998.

On January 22, Serbian forces attacked the Jashari family, but even this battle, the children and women of the Jashari family resisted. However, in this battle that lasted nearly 30 minutes, Iliriana, the daughter of Rifat Jashari, and Selvetja, the daughter of Hamzë Jashari, remain injured. After this attack, friends and compatriots came to the Jashari family to show solidarity with them.

They asked the head of the family, Jashari, to withdraw the women and children from there. But the women and children had also made the decision to stay, saying that "if the boys are killed, we don't deserve to live".

And they decided to stay, they stayed to show the world that Albanians do not go anywhere beyond their land and houses.

The history of the Jashari family and its exhibits are housed in the Epic Museum of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

On the 26th anniversary of the heroic fall of the legendary commander Adem Jashari, the Jashari family, the nation's martyrs and all those who fell for freedom, the Government of Kosovo on March 5, 6 and 7 organizes the nationwide manifestation "Epopee of the Kosovo Liberation Army".

Likewise, the Assembly of Kosovo will hold a solemn session today on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the KLA Epic, with the only item on the agenda to mark this anniversary./ksp