Caskets with remains of Srebrenica victims depart for Potocari

Sarajevo - A few hundred Bosnian Muslims gathered Wednesday in the central Bosnian town of Visoko, some 30 kilometres northwest of the capital Sarajevo, to pay respects to the victims of the 1995 massacre in the eastern town of Srebrenica.

Caskets with remains of 307 Srebrenica victims would be transported by trucks to the Potocari Memorial Centre.

On Friday, commemoration and burial will be held marking the 13th anniversary of the massacre in which Bosnian Serb troops executed up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men after capturing Srebrenica during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The trucks with the caskets passed also through Bosnia's capital Sarajevo where dozens of citizens as well as the country's officials, including the Chairman of Bosnia's tripartite state Presidency Haris Silajdzic, went on the streets to pay their respects to the Srebrenica victims.

The 307 recently identified victims would be buried next to fewer than 3,000 other victims of the massacre interred in Potocari since the Memorial Centre was opened five years ago.

The remains of an unknown number of victims exhumed from more than 60 mass graves discovered in the Srebrenica area during the last decade, and currently packed in more than 5,000 bags, are still awaiting identification and proper burial. (dpa)