Sarajevans protest Israeli offensive
Agence France Presse (English) - January 8, 2009 Thursday 1:30 PM GMT

SARAJEVO, Jan 8 2009 - Several hundred Sarajevans protested Thursday against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying it reminded them of their own suffering during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

"Srebrenica 1995 -- Gaza 2009" and "Palestine is another Bosnia," read some of the banners carried by the protestors who gathered in front of the US embassy in downtown Sarajevo.

The rally was organised by an association gathering survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

"We went through a similar situation and we know that nothing can cure the consequences," Kada Hotic of the Mothers of Srebrenica association told AFP.

"When one loses a child, there is no justice that can repair that," said Hotic who is still searching for the remains of her son who went missing along with her husband in Srebrenica.

"The killing of children, hunger and suffering should be stopped, and big powers can do that with a single word.

"We do sympathise with the mothers in Gaza, but it does not help much," she stressed.

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