The siege of Sarajevo was one of the longest and most grueling sieges in contemporary history, lasting 1,425 days
The siege of Sarajevo was declared over on this day in 1996. It was one of the longest and most grueling sieges in contemporary history, lasting from 5 April 1992 until 29 February 1996 – 1,425 days. Over 14,000 people were killed in the siege. The first victims were Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić, killed by snipers on 5 April 1992 on the Vrbanja bridge, which has since been renamed the Suada and Olga bridge. An average of 329 artillery shells fell on the city each day, while on 22 July 1993 the city was bombarded with a record 3,777 shells.