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Sarajevo Mourns Recently Identified Victims Of Srebrenica Massacre

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

A woman cries near a truck carrying coffins of newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Sarajevo, July 9, 2015.

A woman cries near a truck carrying coffins of newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Sarajevo, July 9, 2015.

Thousands lined Sarajevo's main street on July 9 as a huge truck bearing 136 coffins passed on its way to Srebrenica, where newly identified victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II will be buried on the 20th anniversary of the crime.

The truck stopped in front of Bosnia's presidency where the sobbing of mothers, sisters, and wives of the victims broke the silence.

Bosnian Serb troops and Serb paramilitary fighters overran the eastern Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995 – killing some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a massacre labeled by international courts as an act of genocide.

As Bosnia-Herzegovina prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the killings, the remains of Srebrenica victims are still being found in mass graves.

So far, about 7,000 victims have been exhumed from 93 mass graves or discovered in more than 300 different places on the surface.

Thousands of people on July 8 began a three-day, 100 kilometer march from Tuzla to Srebrenica to commemorate the victims of the massacre.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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