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Bosnians Rebury 409 Srebrenica Massacre Victims

Reburials Mark Srebrenica Anniversaryi
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July 11, 2013
Thousands of people were gathering near the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to mark the 18th anniversary of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims there in 1995. (Reuters video)

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Tens of thousands of people have gathered in the Bosnian village of Srebrenica to rebury 409 newly identified victims of the 1995 massacre.

July 11 marks the 18th anniversary of the worst massacre on European soil since the Nazi era.

The bodies are being laid to rest at a special cemetery near Srebrenica where victims are buried as their remains are gradually identified after being found in mass graves.

The oldest of the newly identified victims was 76 and the youngest (see our Balkan Service's story on Fatima Muhic in Serbian) was a newborn.

In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces overran the UN-protected village and executed more than 8,000 men and boys within days.

The UN war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia was expected to rule later on July 11 on an appeal of the decision to drop a charge of genocide against Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, who faces other counts including masterminding the Srebrenica massacre.

WATCH: Thousands of Bosnians turned out in Visoko, near Sarajevo, to show their respects as trucks carrying the remains of the 409 newly identified Srebrenica victims traveled to Potocari.
Bosnians Mourn Newly Identified Srebrenica Victimsi
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July 09, 2013
Thousands of Bosnians gathered in Visoko, near Sarajevo, on July 9 to bid final farewell to 409 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The remains of the victims were being transported to Potocari for reburial at the memorial center there on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica, and thousands of victims remain unidentified in mass graves. (Reuters video)


Based on reporting by AP, RFE/RL's Balkan Service, and AFP

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