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Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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UN peacekeepers took part in rapes during Bosnian Genocide

Witnesses say UN personnel visited rape camp run by Serbs

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
1 November 1993.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia regularly visited Serb-run brother outside Sarajevo, where some of them took sexual advantage of Bosniak and Croat women forced into prostitution, according to Muslim witnesses and the local Serb commander.

Although the Bosnian government charged repeatedly that Bosnian Serbs had set up a concentration camp at the same site, U.N. peacekeepers neither investigated the facility nor reported its existence to their superiors, according to former prisoners and UN officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 2:04 am

NATO warplanes bomb Serb targets

By Srecko Latal
30 August 1995.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — In their most massive attack yet on Bosnian Serbs, wave after wave of NATO warplanes bombed Serb targets around Sarajevo early Wednesday in retaliation for a marketplace massacre [the second markale massacre] that killed 37 people.

Jets roared over Sarajevo at about 2 a.m. (8 p.m. EDT Tuesday), and the first explosions were heard 90 minutes later from the southeast, in the direction of the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale.

Observers in Sarajevo also could see bright flashes and hear explosions from the direction of Vogosca, a Serb-held suburb a few miles north of Sarajevo. There is a Bosnian Serb munitions factory in the town.

The sky over Vogosca was red and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen in the predawn light. There appeared to be a large fire burning past a frontline hill north of the besieged capital.

President Clinton, vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., called the attack “an appropriate response to the shelling of Sarajevo.”

“I think it is something that had to be done,” Clinton added. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 1:29 am

Serbs kill at least 37 in the second Sarajevo massacre

Shells land near marketplace in Sarajevo; 37 killed, 80 hurt

The Spokesman Review
29 August 1995.

U.S. blames Bosnian Serbs and urges NATO, U.N. military action

By Roger Cohen

Two shells slammed into the central Sarajevo market area today, killing at least 37 people and wounding 80 in the most devastating single attack on the Bosnian capital since a similar one 18 months ago led NATO to vow that the city would be protected.

Limbs and flesh were splattered on storefronts, and bodies fell to pieces as they were lifted into cars. After 40 months of Serbian siege and bombardment, the scene was familiar, but the horrified frenzy among an exhausted population was still intense.

The United States blamed the Bosnian Serbs for the attack, and United Nations officials in Sarajevo suggested that the 120-millimeter mortar that had caused most of the damage had been fired from Serbian positions south of the capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 12:47 am

Serbs Kill at least 66 civilians in Sarajevo massacre

The Gainesville, p.1c
6 February 1994.

66 Killed in Markale Massacre, Hundreds Injured

By Tony Smith
The Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Bodies and severed limbs lay amid bloodstained market stalls after a mortar shell landed in a crowd of Saturday shoppers, butchering at least 66 people and wounding more than 200.

The bloodiest single attack on Sarajevo’s civilians since the war began 22 months ago came just after noon, as people filled the Markale market to scavenge for basic necessities.

“There are trucks of dead. There are legs, arms, heads, as many as you want,” said a wounded young man waiting for care at Kosevo Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

Bosnian Jews: "We Jews are part of the Bosnian people"

Sarajevo is hit by overnight shelling

By: George Jahn
The Prescott Courier
16 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Scattered fighting was reported overnight in Bosnia, but people ventured out today despite at last four eruption of shelling in the besieged capital.

A group of about 100 ill people, half of them from Sarajevo’s 850-member Jewish community, left in a convoy of three buses bound for Split on the Croatian coast. David Kamdi, deputy head of the local Jewish community, said the convoy had guarantees of safe passage.

“There was a lot of crying this morning,” Kamdi said, and the Jews on the buses vowed to return to Sarajevo. “We Jews are part of the Bosnian people. We will never leave,” Kamdi said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm

The West Aided Bosnian Genocide with Silence and Arms Embargo

Silence is Unforgivable, Bosnian Genocide Won’t Go Away

By Anthony Lewis
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
20 October 1993.

On Oct. 9, Radovan Karadzic, leader of the Serbs in Bosnia, said his forces considered the war “finished” and would not renew their attacks on the small areas held by the Muslim [Bosniak]-led Bosnian government.

“The Siege of Sarajevo is over,” he told John F. Burns of The New York Times. “We don’t want any more territory. We have enough already.”

On Oct. 16, exactly one week later, the Serbs attacked Sarajevo with a devastating artillery barrage. Starting before dawn and continuing for 12 hours, they fired thousands of shells from tanks, heavy guns and mortars in their positions on hills around the capital. They also rolled oil drums filled with explosives down the slopes into residences. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Jewish and Bosnian Muslim Soldiers, Brothers in Arms

This article offers uniquely rare insight into the Jewish life in the besieged Sarajevo in 1992. Side by side with their Muslim neighbours, Jewish people fought in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and thus contributed to the defense of the country from Serbian aggression.

With Bosnian war raging, Jewish group celebrates life

By John Pomfret
Kentucky New Area (daily)
5 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — On a ping-pong table in a cluttered room next to a synagogue, Zoya Finci works to restore ancient parchments – Hebrew scripts telling the story of the exodus of Jews from the Holy Lands. A dab of acetone here, a swab of alcohol there.

Despite the crash of mortars and heavy machine-gun fire outside, Finci is preparing for an exhibition. With an almost heroic obstinacy, the Jews of Sarajevo are planning to celebrate their 500 years in the city.

“It only comes once every 500 years,” said the middle-age University of Sarajevo art professor, whose family has lived in Sarajevo for four centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Bosniaks, Islam and the Siege of Sarajevo

Bosnian Muslims Seeking Harmony

New Straight Times
17 December 1993.

Among the graves crowding the tiny courtyard of his mosque are five mounds of fresh earth that Imam Ismet Spahic tends particularly well and prays over each evening: they hold his wife, three daughters, and a granddaughter, killed by Serbian shelling while fetching water.

Firmly, the grey-bearded Muslim clergyman spoke of his abiding faith and his certainty that his family awaits him in paradise. But when asked if, perhaps, he thought the government of a largely Muslim Bosnia should be a secular one, he seemed astonished that anyone could ask such a question.

“Absolutely,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm