The remains of 46 ethnic Albanian civilians killed by Serb forces during the 1998-99 Kosovo war and hidden for years in mass graves were handed over to their families March 24.
Arsim Gerxhaliu, head of Kosovo’s forensic department, said a funeral for some of the victims took place March 26, the 15th anniversary of the killings, in the town of Suva Reka.
The victims were killed in two separate rampages in March 1999 by Serb forces in western Kosovo just days after NATO began a bombing campaign to stop Serbia’s onslaught against separatist ethnic Albanians.
Some of the victims were buried by Serb forces at a military air base near Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, in an attempt to cover up the killings. Other victims were found in mass graves in Kosovo.
Over 1,000 people still remain missing, most of them ethnic Albanians.
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