Bosnian Muslims commemorate anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

Thousands gathered in Srebrenica, Bosnia, on Thursday to commemorate the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims, coinciding with the recent UN designation of July 11 as an international day of reflection. The massacre executed by Bosnian Serb forces claimed the lives of 8,000 men and boys and remains a deeply painful chapter in Europe's post-World War II history.

Thousands of solemn mourners gathered in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia on Thursday to remember the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims, less than two months after the United Nations established a memorial day to mark the genocide.

On July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern Bosnian town -- which was then a UN-protected enclave -- and killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the following days.

It was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II and two international courts ruled it was genocide.

"It's hard when July comes. They ended up like this only because they had a (Muslim) name," said Mevlida Hasanovic as she prayed at the tomb of her cousin, who was 18 when he was killed.

But Dodik expressed sympathy to the families of the victims on Thursday.

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