JULY 13th, 1995
All the piles of personal belongings of civilians deported from Potocari, including the identity papers of the men seized, were burned. At that point soldiers from the Dutch battalion were sure that the story about screening for war criminals could not be true, and that something much more ominous was underway. In the absence of personal documents, these men could no longer be accurately identified for any purpose. Rather, the removal of their documents could only be an ominous signal of atrocities to come. However, evidence shows that the destruction of identity documents occurred only late in the afternoon or late evening of July 13th, 1995. When UN soldiers returned to Srebrenica on July 14th, they said not a single Bosnian Muslim remained in the town.
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