BRATUNAC – A commemoration service for some 3,500 Serb civilians and soldiers killed by Muslim forces during the 1991/95 war in the Drina Valley and Birac regions of eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) was held in Bratunac on Saturday.

Illustration - Photo: svetisimeon.org
Illustration – Photo: svetisimeon.org

The memorial service at the town cemetery in the Birac region’s municipality was attended by several thousand citizens, who lit candles for the victims.

After that, wreaths were laid at the Memorial Cross by Serbian Minister for Veteran Pollicy Aleksandar Vulin, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and representatives of highest-level Republika Srpska institutions, the BiH Presidency and war veterans and missing persons associations.

Russian Ambassador to BiH Peter Ivantsov and representatives of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) also paid their respect to the Serb victims.

During the war, Muslim forces destroyed dozens of Serbian villages in the broader Drina Valley and Birac areas, killing about 3,500 civilians and soldiers.

Around 800 children were left without one or both parents and about 5,400 families lost their movable or immovable property or both.

A total of 21 villages around Srebrenica were attacked and over 400 Serb civilians killed from May to December 1992, and at least 560 Serbian civilians were killed in the Bratunac municipality.