Two Decades after the End of Hell: The Siege of Sarajevo was ended on this Day (Video and Gallery)

February 29, 2016 2:30 PM

[wzslider autoplay=”true”]20 years ago, on the 29th of February 1996, then legal government of the Republic of BiH declared an end of the siege of Sarajevo.

Five days earlier, on the 24th of February 1996 and after just signed the Dayton agreement, the police of the FBiH entered into previously occupied Vogosca, thus establishing communication of Sarajevo with the outside world.

Two days later, on the 26th of February 1996, the police of FBiH entered into settlements such as Nedzarici, Aerodromsko, Rajlovac, Ahatovici and Dobrosevici.

By the act of declaration of the end of the siege, settlements of significant importance to the unification of the city were next. Police of FBiH, accompanied by international armed forces on the 29th of February, around 8 a.m. came to Ilijas.

In the days that followed, the city and suburban neighborhoods Hadzici (March 6), Ilidza and part of Trnovo (March 12) and finally parts of Stari Grad and the whole Grbavica (19 March) were reintegrated.

Parallel with the process of unification of the City was a mass eviction of the Serbian population from these parts of then established Canton Sarajevo.

As the result of pressure from then leadership of Republika Srpska, during the last months of 1995 and in early 1996, more than 100,000 Serbs moved from Sarajevo and the surrounding areas. Under the dictates of Momcilo Krajisnik and Radovan Karadzic, the eviction was accompanied by robbery, burning and displacement of entire cemeteries.

The last act of reintegration took place in 2001, when most of the Sarajevo settlement Dobrinja I and IV became part of the FBiH.

The siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1,425 days, during which was killed more than 10,000 soldiers and civilians, including 1,500 children. The last victim was killed on the 9th of January 1996 when a shell from Grbavica hit a tram, and killed one passenger. Due to the participation in terrorizing civilians, generals Dragomir Milosevic and Stanislav Galic were sentenced with long prison before the court in The Hague.

(Source: I. P./

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