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Srebrenica: Worst European atrocity since WWII

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A version of this article by the late Graham Jones first appeared on CNN.com in 2006

(CNN) — It is now remembered as the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

In a five-day orgy of slaughter at Srebrenica in July 1995, up to 8,000 Muslims were systematically exterminated in what was described at the U.N. war crimes tribunal as “the triumph of evil.”

Former Bosnian Serb commander-in-chief General Ratko Mladic, who is accused of direct involvement in the genocide at Srebrenica, was arrested on Thursday after more than 15 years on the run.

In 1995, Srebrenica was designated a U.N. “safe area.”

A judge at The Hague tribunal was later to describe what happened there as “truly scenes from hell written on the darkest pages of human history.” Thousands of Bosnian Muslims had sought refuge in the spa town of Srebrenica in 1995 as the Bosnian Serb army marched towards them. They were protected by just 100 lightly equipped Dutch peacekeepers — who proved no match for the advancing, heavily-armed Serb army.

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