The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. It was arguably one of the worst episodes of the 1992-95 Bosnian Genocide.
Serb forces besieged Sarajevo from 5 April 1992 to 29 February 1996, killing 10,000 including at least 1500 children and wounding 56,000 people. The siege lasted three times longer than the Siege of Stalingrad and a year longer than the Siege of Leningrad.
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The “Momo” and “Uzeir” twin towers burn on Sniper Alley in downtown Sarajevo during the Serbian shelling of the Bosnian capital on June 08, 1992, in the first months of the Bosnian Genocide. (Photographer: Georges Gobet)
MARKALE 2 (1995): Dead and wounded people lie scattered outside Sarajevo’s Markale market after a mortar shell fired from Serb army positions exploded outside the entrance to the building, on August 28, 1995 in the final stages of the 1992-95 Bosnian Genocide. An artillery shell killed at least 37 and wounded more than 90 others. (Photo by Peter Andrews, Markale II.)
MARKALE 1 (1994) In a repeat attack on the Markale market, Serbs killed 68 Bosniak civilians and wounded 144 on February 5, 1994. (Photographer: Patrick Chauve)
Seven-year-old Bosniak child, Nermin Divovic, lies mortally wounded in a pool of blood as unidentified American and British U.N. firefighters arrive to assist after he was shot in the head by Serbian snipers in Sarajevo Friday, November 18, 1994. The U.N. firefighters were at his side almost immediately, but the boy died outright. Serbs terrorized Sarajevo civilians and killed at least 1500 children in the besieged Bosnian capital. (Photographer: Enric Marti)
A Bosniak man takes cover behind a truck while looking at the body of a Bosniak sniper victim, Rahmo Seremet, 54, a Sarajevo engineer working for the city, after he was shot dead by a Serb sniper while supervising the installation of an anti-sniper barricade in central Sarajevo, on May 18, 1995. (AP Photo)
Smoke and flames rise from houses set on fire by attacking Serb forces in the village of Ljuta on Sarajevo’s Mount Igman on July 22, 1993. (Reuters Photo)
Bloodstains cover the wreckage of patients’ rooms at Sarajevo’s Kosevo Hospital on June 16, 1995, after a Serbian shell slammed into it killing two and injuring six. Serb forces routinely attacked civilian targets, including schools, kindergartens and hospitals in the besieged Sarajevo. (AP Photo)
Bosniak child victim, little girl Elvedina Burek, killed in a Serb attack on Sarajevo’s Alipasino Polje neighborhood. She was one of many victims killed with modified air bombs in Sarajevo in 1995. (Ministry of Internal Affairs / International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia).
Bodies of Bosniak children in Sarajevo morgue killed by Serbs during the siege of Sarajevo. (Photographer: Maud S. Beelman). More than 1500 children were killed during the siege of Sarajevo – one of the worst episodes of the Bosnian Genocide.
A Bosniak man in Sarajevo washes blood off of stretchers used to carry the dead and wounded citizens of the besieged capital on 01 Jun 1993. Serbs terrorized and killed 10,000 people, including at least 1500 children, in the besieged Bosnian Muslim city of Sarajevo. (Photographer: Patrick Robert).
A gravedigger in the besieged Sarajevo buries the bodies of Bosniak civilians in a Muslim cemetery on January 28, 1993. During the siege of Sarajevo, Serbs killed 10,000 residents, including more than 1500 children, in one of the worst episodes of the Bosnian Genocide. (Photographer: Antoine Gyori)
Dead Bosniak baby, Nalena Skorupan, was killed by Serbs during the siege of Sarajevo on 7 January 1994. Her only fault: she was Bosnian Muslim. More than 1500 children were killed during the Serbian terror, sniping, shelling and bombardment of the besieged Sarajevo. (Photographer: Gervasio Sánchez.)
Bodies of victims of the Sarajevo siege on June 01, 1993. Some 10,000 people lost their lives in the siege that signified one of the worst episodes of the Bosnian Genocide. (Photographer: Patrick Robert)
Sarajevo’s cemetery “Groblje Bare” – one of many cemeteries where 10,000 victims of the siege, including at least 1500 children, were laid to rest. (Photographer: Jeff Rambles, 2010.)
Cemetery Kovači in Sarajevo is one of many places where fallen defenders of Sarajevo, including 10,000 victims of the siege of Sarajevo, were laid to rest. (Photographer: Michael Büker, 2009.)