Locals laid wreaths at cemeteries on Wednesday in memory of those who lost their lives when the city was attacked by Serbian aggressors on this day 23 years ago.
The Siege of Dubrovnik kicked off at around 6:00am on 1 October 1991 when the Yugoslav Army (JNA) started their advance on the territory between the Pelješac and Prevlaka peninsulas on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The JNA attacks and bombardment of Dubrovnik, including the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – culminated on 6 December 1991 with 417 troops and close to 100 civilians killed. 2,127 homes were burnt in the Dubrovnik county, with 7,771 people left homeless.
The bombardment provoked a strong international condemnation of the JNA and became a public relations disaster for Serbia and Montenegro, contributing to their diplomatic and economic isolation and international recognition of the independence of Croatia. A mass service will be held in honour of the victims tonight in Dubrovnik.