Sarajevo marked on Sunday, February 5, the 29th anniversary of the Markale massacre, the day when 68 citizens lost their lives and 142 were wounded in a shelling as they were buying groceries at the downtown market. The date is also marked as the Day of Remembrance for Killed and Wounded Citizens of Sarajevo in the 1992-1995-period.
Vibor Handzic, the deputy speaker of the Sarajevo Canton Assembly, said during the commemorative session held on this occasion at the Sarajevo National Theatre that this was a horrible crime and largest massacre in the city, where more than 12,000 people, including 1,601 children, were killed and some 50,000 wounded during the 4-year siege.
He urged that “the veil of oblivion should not be allowed to cover the innocent victims and the crimes that the aggressor committed.”
Families, citizens and representatives of the authorities also laid flowers at the site of the crime.
This was first of two massacres that occurred at the market during the 1992-95 siege, when a 120 mm mortar shell fired from a Bosnian Serb artillery position killed 68 residents and injured 142.