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Bosnia mourns as hundreds of newly-identified victims are buried today, marking 17 years since the horrific Srebrenica massacre.
Almost 20 years later, Bosnia is still finding and burying those massacred in the town of Srebrenica -- and still seeking justice for the crimes.
Thirty thousand people descended on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica today to bury 520 more victims of the 1995 massacre there, while those accused of the genocide -- the worst wartime atrocity committed since World War II -- continue to stand trial in The Hague, reported BBC News.
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Today's event marks 17 years since Serb forces systematically killed 8,000 of the town's Muslim men and boys during the region's brutal 1992-1995 war, a brutal assault the United Nations has recognized as genocide, said the Associated Press.
Bosnian Serb leader Radko Mladic, apprehended last year in Serbia after years on the run, is now on trial on 11 counts of war crimes, including genocide. Also being tried at the UN war crimes court is political leader Radovan Karadzic. Both deny the accusations, reported The Telegraph.
Today's memorial laid to rest the most recently-identified victims as part of ongoing forensic work.
The effort calls for extensive DNA work because those responsible for the crimes dug many graves up and scattered the remains elsewhere in an effort to hide the evidence.
At Srebrenica's Potocari memorial center today, 27-year-old Izabela Hasanovic sobbed over one of the coffins as it descended into the ground, according to AP.
“My father, my father is here,” AP quoted her as saying. “I cannot believe that my father is in this coffin. I cannot accept it!”