Why was the cellar the only place of refuge for Zlata's family?

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The Filipovices' house is situated in an especially dangerous part of Dubrovnik, which puts Zlata's family right in the middle of the crossfire. Behind the house there are strategically important hills that are occupied by Serb forces, whose snipers regularly shoot at anything that moves. Because the rooms at the back of the house are now too dangerous to live in, Zlata's family move into the living...

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