- Title: NETHERLANDS: CROAT DOCTOR RETELLS HORRORS OF SIEGE OF VUKOVAR AT HAGUE HEARING
- Date: 26th March 1996
- Summary: THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS (MARCH 26, 1996) (RTV) LV EXTERIOR OF TRIBUNAL BUILDING 0.06 SV JUDGES ENTER COURTROOM (3 SHOTS) 0.21
- Embargoed: 10th April 1996 13:00
- Location: THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS/ FILE
- Country: Netherlands
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement,War / Fighting
- Reuters ID: LVADU6YOC1BCF9UGZKUD8XEZY9T7
- Story Text: INTRO: A Croat doctor has retold the horrors of the 1991 siege of Vukovar as she gives evidence at the Hague in hearings against three senior Yugoslav People's Army officers ------------------------------------------------------------------ The doctor who kept Vukovar hospital running through the fierce bombardment of the town by Yugoslav National Army (JNA) and Serb irregular soldiers retold the horrors of the siege to the international war crimes tribunal in the Hague on Tuesday (March 26).
Dr Vesna Bosanac, under questioning by prosecutor Grant Niemann, told the tribunal that despite marking the hospital grounds with large red crosses, the hospital was shelled daily from ground and air during the four-month siege of the Eastern Slavonian town.
Dr Vesna Bosanac was giving evidence against Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin, accused of massacring 261 Croat men dragged from her hospital after Serb forces overran the town in November 1991.
Bosanac said townspeople died in droves during the siege and that senior Serb officers ignored her pleas to stop the daily bombardment of the hospital. Bosanac said that up to 200 shells a day landed around the hospital causing massive damage.
Bosanac said that an average of 60 wounded people were admitted to the hospital every day during the siege where they were treated in underground shelters.
The three have been indicted by the tribunal for their part in the shelling of the hospital and the mass-killings of 261 non-Serb men who were forcibly removed from the hospital after Vukovar's Croat defenders surrendered to besieging Serb forces.
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