Thousands of Serbian civilians have been evacuated from villages in the southern tip of the finger as government forces close in on their target: a road linking Zenica and Tuzla that would provide a supply line from the Adriatic coast into central Bosnia.
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Bosnian government troops have grabbed more ground from Serbian forces in fierce fighting in north-central Bosnia, nearly cutting off a finger of Serb-held territory south of Doboj, a UN spokesman said yesterday, Reuter reports from Sarajevo. The Muslim and Croat-backed government troops have been attacking for weeks, despite a truce agreement in place since 10 June.