Bosnians rebury 409 Srebrenica massacre victims

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A Bosnian woman says prayers next to the coffin of a child during a funeral ceremony at the memorial center in Potocari, near Srebrenica, 160 kms east of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Thursday, July 11, 2013. People from around Bosnia and abroad have begun arriving in Srebrenica Thursday to commemorate 18th anniversary of the 1995 massacre and rebury recently identified victims exhumed from mass graves. The victims’ bodies are still being exhumed from mass graves in the area, where Serbs had dumped them in an attempt to cover up the crime. Identified victims are buried each year on the massacre’s anniversary at a memorial cemetery near Srebrenica. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Tens of thousands have gathered in Bosnia to rebury 409 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre on the 18th anniversary of the worst slaughter on European soil since the Nazi era.

Among the victims are 43 teenage boys and a baby that was born during the ordeal. They are being laid to rest at a special cemetery near Srebrenica where victims are buried as their remains are gradually found in mass graves. As of Thursday, there were 6,066; a further 2,306 are still missing.

In July 1995, Serb forces overran the U.N.-protected Muslim town in eastern Bosnia and executed more than 8,000 men and boys within days. U.N. troops on the ground did nothing to stop them.