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Dutch court upholds partial liability in Srebrenica genocide

Dutch court upholds partial liability in Srebrenica genocide
The Netherlands' supreme court says liability of its troops limited to 10% of damage suffered by 350 victims of genocide

By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet

ANKARA (AA) - Dutch Supreme Court on Friday upheld partial liability of the Netherlands in the Bosnia's Srebrenica genocide, according to the court's website.

The court said the liability of the Dutch troops is limited to 10% of the damage suffered by around 350 victims of the genocide.

A Dutch appeals court had previously set the liability at 30%; however, the Supreme Court reduced this percentage to 10% with its decision on Friday.

More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces attacked Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.

Srebrenica was besieged by Serb forces who were trying to wrest territory from Bosnian Muslims and Croats to form their own state.

The UN Security Council had declared Srebrenica a "safe area" in the spring of 1993. However, Serb troops led by Gen. Ratko Mladic -- later found guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide -- overran the UN zone.

The Dutch troops failed to act as Serb forces occupied the area, killing about 2,000 men and boys on July 11 alone. Some 15,000 Srebrenica residents fled into the surrounding mountains, but Serb troops hunted down and killed 6,000 of them in the forests.

source: News Feed
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