August 5 to be observed as day of mourning in Serbia and RS

Serbia and the Serb Republic (RS) will observe August 5 as a day of mourning, in memory of the suffering and persecution of Serbs during Operation Storm.

Source: Tanjug

This August 5 will mark 20 years since Croatia launched this military operation.

On that day, bells on every Serbian Orthodox church will toll at the same time, while air-raid sirens will be sounded, Tanjug quoted the Ministry of Labor, Veteran and Social Affairs.

This was announced after meeting of a committee tasking with organizing events on this day, that has been designated as Remembrance Day in Serbia and in the Serb entity in Bosnia.

At the meeting held on Tuesday, the committee also discussed and adopted a draft program for marking the day.

Operation Storm, which was carried out by the Croatian army and police and during which 2,000 Serbs were killed or went missing, while 250,000 were expelled from their homes, started on August 4, 1995.

It was the biggest ethnic cleansing operation since the World War II, Tanjug said in its report.

Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that a large gathering will be held on August 4 in Sremska Raca, and that the events on August 5 will include observing a minute of silence for the victims.

"Both governments, the Serbian Orthodox Church and all institutions of our country are taking part," Vulin revealed.


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