Sarajevo pays tribute to Srebrenica massacre victims

10th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The crowd included survivors and relatives of people killed in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

Sarajevo -- Hundreds of people lined Sarajevo's main street Thursday as a convoy carrying the remains of more than 500 Bosnian Muslims killed in Srebrenica headed for burial 14 years after the massacre.

The crowd included survivors and relatives of people killed in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

The victims, whose remains were found in mass graves and identified by DNA analysis, will be buried on Saturday at the eastern Bosnian city's memorial cemetery. They were aged between 14 and 75.

More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in a few days after Serb forces overran Srebrenica on July 11, 1995. Their bodies were found in more than 70 mass graves that have been exhumed around the town.

Since it was built in 2003, some 3,200 victims have been laid to rest at a memorial site just outside Srebrenica.

Meanwhile, forensic experts from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) said they have identified 6,186 of those killed in the 1995 massacre.

The Sarajevo-based organisation on Thursday put the number of people believed to have been killed after the fall of Srebrenica at close to 8,100 based on thousands of DNA samples it has gathered.

"It is a success of science that has sprung out of immense human tragedy," said an ICMP statement.

The Srebrenica massacre has been termed genocide by both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

It will for the first time be commemorated across Europe on Saturday following a resolution by the EU Parliament in January that the massacre should be marked annually on its anniversary.

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, an accused mastermind of the events, was detained last year and is awaiting trial before the ICTY. His army chief and co-accused Ratko Mladic is still on the run.

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