Death by Well-Intentioned Rescue

A dozen die in the crush of evacuation by U.N. trucks

AFTER MONTHS OF SURVIVING BULLETS AND HUNger, Bosnia's Muslims faced a new and particularly cruel deathtrap -- the lure of escape. At least 12 were killed, nearly all of them women and children, in the tumult of evacuating some 4,300 civilians from the besieged town of Srebrenica by two United Nations truck convoys. Desperate to escape a Serbian blockade, loads of as many as 180 people swarmed aboard the transport vehicles designed to carry sacks of food, unwittingly crushing to death the small and weak in the process. Others died of suffocation during the eight-hour journey to Tuzla. Horrified U.N. officials,...

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