Bosnia marks massacre anniversary with mass burial -

Bosnia marks massacre anniversary with mass burial

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Over 40,000 people are expected in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica to mark the 16th anniversary of the worst crime in Europe since the Nazi era by burying hundreds of its victims.

A whole field was scarred with fresh graves Monday, waiting for 613 coffins to be laid to rest. The youngest victim to be buried this year was 11 and the oldest 82.

Over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed when Serb forces -- allegedly led by recently arrested genocide suspect Ratko Mladic -- overran the United Nations protected town in July 1995.

Some 30,000 residents flocked to the U.N. military base in the suburb of Potocari looking for refuge, but when Serbs forces arrived outnumbered Dutch troops simply opened the gate.

Victims' bodies were found in mass graves.

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