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18th anniversary of NATO bombing Serbia commemorated

Aleksandar Vučić and Milorad Dodik at the commemoration; Photo: Tanjug/Zoran Zestic

TANJUG_maliGRDELICA – A Remembrance Day ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Serbia was held Friday at the railway bridge in the Grdelica Gorge, southeastern Serbia, hit by NATO missiles on April 12, 1999 as a train full of passengers was crossing it, Tanjug reports.

The state ceremony was also attended by Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić and Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, who laid wreaths at the monument to the victims.

A minute of silence was also observed for all those killed in the NATO intervention.

On March 24, 1999, NATO planes began the 78-day air campaign. In the period from March 24, 1999 to June 9, 1999, during the NATO bombing campaign, 758 individuals lost their lives in air raids, the Humanitarian Law Centre stated.

The passenger train in the Grdelica Gorge, which was carrying civilians, was attacked on the second day of Orthodox Easter. Fifteen victims, who included children, have been identified.

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