March for Srebrenica starts in Bosnia

Sarajevo - Some 2,000 people started Tuesday a three-day- long walk to Srebrenica in a march to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the massacre in the former eastern Bosnian Muslim enclave during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The "March of Death - Path of Freedom" started from the village of Sapna, near the eastern Bosnian Serb town of Zvornik, and was due to end in the Memorial Centre Potocari on Friday, July 11, the actual day of the anniversary.

The marchers were to attend a funeral on Friday for more than 300 recently identified victims of the massacre.

The group includes people from all over Bosnia-Herzegovina, but also a group of Swiss parliamentarians and some 50 members of different non-governmental organizations from Belgrade, according to the Bosnian media.

US Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Charles English announced he would also join the march.

The 100-kilometre walk will include the hills and woods of eastern Bosnia, where thousands of Bosnian Muslims were killed while trying to escape the massacre in Srebrenica and reach the free territories in the country's north.

Bosnian Serb troops massacred up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men in Srebrenica after capturing the area on July 11, 1995.

More than 30,000 Muslim women, children and elderly were at the same time expelled from their homes and forced to leave Srebrenica in the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two. (dpa)