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Thousands of Croats mark fall of Vukovar in 1991

November 18, 2011

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VUKOVAR, Croatia—Croatian doctors have filed war crimes accusations against 19 former Yugoslav army commanders for the relentless shelling of a hospital in Vukovar during an 87-day siege of the eastern Croatian town in 1991.

The head of the hospital, Vesna Bosanac, said Friday that 500-700 grenades hit the facility during the bombardment by the Serb-led Yugoslav army.

She says the complaint for the breach of the Geneva Conventions forbidding wartime attacks against civilian targets was filed with a local Croatian court. It will now be investigated by prosecutors.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in a memorial march in Vukovar on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the siege that became the symbol of Croatia's fight for independence.

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