Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

Zenica massacre claims 65 casualties in Croat attack

The Zenica massacre shows dead bodies. In the Croat shelling of Zenica on 19 April 1993, 15 civilians were killed and 50 seriously wounded. Bosnian Genocide (1993). Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The Zenica massacre shows dead bodies. In the Croat shelling of Zenica on 19 April 1993, 15 civilians were killed and 50 seriously wounded. Bosnian Genocide (1993). Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

On 19 April 1993, Croat forces attacked Zenica. The attack resulted in 65 casualties; 15 Bosniak civilians were killed, while another 50 were seriously injured, many of them paralyzed and blinded from shrapnels. The shells landed in three groups of two, at 12:10 p.m., 12:24 p.m. and 12:29 p.m.

Croats blamed the Serbs for the massacre, but Hague Tribunal discarded such claims during Dario Kordic trial.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) established that the market place in Zenica was shelled by the Croatian Council of Defence (HVO) on April 19, 1993 from the village of Putičevo, 15 kilometres from Zenica, resulting in a massacre.

Zenica massacre 19 April 1993. Photo shows impact of Croat attack on Zenica in which 50 people were seriously injured and 15 killed. Bosnian Genocide (1993). Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Zenica massacre 19 April 1993. Photo shows impact of Croat attack on Zenica in which 50 people were seriously injured and 15 killed. Bosnian Genocide (1993). Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Two pieces of artillery were used: D-30 J Howitzers which are hand-loaded and which have a slow rate of fire. It was a professional piece of artillery work with the fire being adjusted by an observer.

Two Danish members of the ECMM, visited the scene shortly after the shelling and took photographs. These photographs show scenes of devastation in the market area, bodies lying on the ground, destroyed cars, a demolished bus shelter and damaged buildings.

Zenica after the Croat forces shelled the town, killing 15 and wounding 50. Bosnian Genocide (1993). Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Zenica after the Croat forces shelled the town, killing 15 and wounding 50. Bosnian Genocide (1993). Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Bosnian Genocide (1993), Photograph shows aftermath of the Zenica massacre, after the shelling

Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Bosnian Genocide (1993), Photograph shows aftermath of the Zenica massacre, after the shelling

Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The photograph shows the aftermath of the Croat attack on Zenica on 19 April 1993 when 50 people were seriously wounded and 15 killed. Zenica massacre is part of the Bosnian Genocide.

Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The photograph shows the aftermath of the Croat attack on Zenica on 19 April 1993 when 50 people were seriously wounded and 15 killed. Zenica massacre is part of the Bosnian Genocide.

Aftermath of the Croat shelling of Zenica on 19 April 1993. In the massacre, 50 people were seriously injured, 15 killed, at least one shell landed on a crowded marketplace. The 1993 Zenica massacre is part of the Bosnian Genocide. Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Aftermath of the Croat shelling of Zenica on 19 April 1993. In the massacre, 50 people were seriously injured, 15 killed, at least one shell landed on a crowded marketplace. The 1993 Zenica massacre is part of the Bosnian Genocide. Photo courtesy: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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January 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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