Mass grave unearthed

Forensic teams have unearthed 616 more Bosnian Muslim victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre from a mass grave near Kamenica (Bosnia).

The village of Kamenica lies in an area nicknamed “Death Valley”. Nine graves have been found there, containing remains of many of the 8,000 men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces as they fled Srebrenica in the last months of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

“We found 76 complete and 540 incomplete bodies,” said Ismet Music, an official of the regional commission for missing persons, standing on the edge of a muddy grave where white-clad forensic pathologists cleaned up bones.

Some bodies are very well preserved due to an extraordinary microclimate in the grave. Music said some faces were almost intact, with eyes staring wide open.

“It was quite a creepy sight,” he said.

The area was part of one of the larger massacres of the Balkan conflict that saw thousands of Muslims killed and buried in mass graves.

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