Bosnian Serbs aboard a tank outside Sarajevo
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Sarajevo: Report from Serb-held Grbavica

During the Bosnian War, the majority of Sarajevo was surrounded by Serb forces - but there was one area of the city that was controlled by the Serbs.

Grbavica was a mixed area but many non-Serbs were expelled. The front line snaked around a series of high-rise apartment blocks and along the river that runs through the city.

It gave the Bosnian Serbs a toehold within the city but it was a dangerous place to be.

After the war the area was handed back.

Martin Bell reports from the Serb-held area in April 1993.

  • 04 Apr 2012
  • From the section Europe