Explosives found at Srebrenica memorial

5th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police have found explosives at a memorial centre in Bosnia which is dedicated to the victims of what is widely regarded as the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War.

5 July 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police have found explosives at a memorial centre in Bosnia which is dedicated to the victims of what is widely regarded as the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War.

The find comes less than a week before the 10th anniversary of the massacre by Serbian fighters of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys who had been sheltering in the UN-designated safe haven of Srebrenica.

Bosnian Serb police spokesman Radovan Pejic said European Union peacekeepers found the explosives in two areas at the Potocari centre and a full inspection is now being carried out.

The Srebrenica enclave was surrendered by Dutch UN troops to the Serbs in July 1995 during the Bosnian-Serb war. The Serbs allowed the Bosnian women and girls to leave but took away the males and slaughtered them.

At least 1,000 victims of the massacre are buried at Potocari and up to 50,000 people are expected to attend the commemoration on 11 July.

A ceremony will be held at Westerbork in the Netherlands to mark the mass killing. Westerbork was used by the Nazis as a transit facility for Jews and other victims being sent to extermination camps in Eastern Europe.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, Srebrenica

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