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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Accuses Serbs of Killer Ruse

SARAJEVO -- Survivors of the Moslem flight from Srebrenica in Bosnia accuse separatist Serb soldiers wearing UN uniforms of luring refugees to their deaths along the way, the United Nations said Thursday.

The accounts, which could not be confirmed independently, said the Serbs called the unsuspecting refugees out of the woods where they were hiding, lined them up and shot them.

UN aid official Kris Janowski in Sarajevo recounted the allegations by a group of refugees who fled through the forest in a desperate bid for safety from advancing Serb troops.

"They tell us about being ambushed by Bosnian Serb soldiers ... wearing blue helmets, UN uniforms, using a bull horn to tell them to get out of the woods and come out in the open and then lining them up on the road and shooting them," Janowski said.

There have been persistent reports of atrocities against refugees from Srebrenica, a UN "safe area" in eastern Bosnia which Bosnian Serb forces captured last week. As many as 15,000 soldiers and civilians may have fled on foot and many are still missing.

Janowski said the reports gathered by staff for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees had heightened concern for the safety of the 17,000 refugees who are expected to be evacuated from the "safe area" of Zepa beginning Thursday.

Janowski distributed a two-page summary of accounts received from refugees who made the trip from Potocari to government-held Kladanj by bus, which included the following accounts:

?"A 60-year-old man and his wife say that in their bus four young women were taken out into the woods. An hour later only three of the women returned to the bus. The fourth woman showed up in Kladanj naked with only a blanket wrapped around her."

?"Dead Bosnian men in civilian and military clothes were seen scattered along the route to Kladanj. Groups of hundreds of captured Bosnian soldiers, their hands behind the back of their head, were all along the route."