As the process of persecution neared its close, the first team of UNHCR officials travelled from Belgrade on July 12th, but was stopped at the border. On July 13th they were allowed to continue on. Passing through Bratunac they observed VRS soldiers celebrating, many of them drunk.

In Bratunac the UNHCR team learned from local Serbs that a large number of Muslims were detained at a local football field. As dark fell the UNHCR team could hear from their motel rooms occasional gunfire coming from the football field. UN military observers(UNMO) and members of the Dutch battalion knew that Muslims had been detained in Bratunac, but did not know their exact number or location.
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