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More bodies of Srebenica victims on 17 year anniversary

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More bodies of Srebenica victims on 17 year anniversary


Five hundred and twenty newly-identified victims of the Srebenica massacre are being buried on the 17th anniversary of the atrocity.

During the Bosnian War, which lasted from 1992 to 1995, 8,000 Muslim men and boys died in Europe’s worst mass killing since the Second World War.

Around 30,000 people came to the Potocari memorial centre to take part in the funeral ceremony – many of them relatives of the victims.

There are still nearly 7,000 bodies to identify – a task made harder because, soon after the killings, Bosnian Serb troops tried to hide the massacre by digging up bodies and burying them at secondary grave sites.

Srebenica is the only episode during the Bosnian War to be recognised as a genocide by international courts.

It is a national day of mourning in Bosnia as the country marks the anniversary.

It is also the first anniversary that sees two former Bosnian Serb leaders – Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic – on trial at The Hague for alleged war crimes including the massacre.

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