A new mass grave containing dozens of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide has been discovered in eastern Bosnia, an official said Tuesday.
The Srebrenica Genocide was the July 1995 killing of at least 8,372 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys, as well as the ethnic cleansing of 25,000-30,000 refugees in the area of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Bosnian Serb Army.
The remains of more than 6,000 of the genocide victims have been exhumed from about 70 mass graves around Srebrenica, with more than 5,600 people identified by DNA analysis.
PHOTO 1-left: Bosnian Muslim woman who lost her relatives, walks away after visiting a Srebrenica genocide mass grave in an attempt to identify remains, in the village of Mrsici near the eastern Bosnian town of Vlasenica , 60 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. It is expected that dozens of bodies will be found, and identified by the DNA method.
The grave was discovered next to the house of a Muslim refugee who returned to Mrsici village, near the town of Vlasenica, said Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman for Bosnia’s Missing Persons Commission.
PHOTO 2-right: Local Bosniaks who lost relatives in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, attempt to identify victims in a mass grave in the village of Mrsici.
“So far we have found the remains of nine people, but we expect to find remains of at least 20 people,” she told AFP. Exhumation was expected to continue for several days.
Serb forces overran the then U.N.-protected Muslim enclave Srebrenica in the final phase of Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, summarily killing at least 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Europe’s single worst atrocity since World War II.
Cengic said the site at Mrsici was a so-called primary grave which could ease the process of identification.
Victims from Srebrenica are in most cases found in secondary graves, where remains had been moved from initial burial sites in an attempt by Serbs to cover up the crimes.
PHOTO 3-center: A group of Bosnian Muslim survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide visit a newly discovered mass grave in the village of Mrsici near the eastern Bosnian town of Vlasenica, 60 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Tuesday, May 26, 2009.