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Ušće Shopping Centre Hit by a Missile

Ušće Shopping Centre Hit by a Missile

  • Date: 1999
  • Technique: photograph

After the failure of the Rambouillet talks early in 1999, the members of NATO undertook bombing raids against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999, without the consent of the UN Security Council and a formal declaration of war. The campaign was dubbed MERCIFUL ANGEL. Brutal bombing of Serbia's capital resulted in civilian casualties and huge material devastation. Along with repeated attacks on suburban areas like Batajnica, Rakovica, Sremčica, Rušanj, Lipovica, Žarkovo and villages at the foot of Avala Mountain, air strikes were also targeted at buildings in the broader centre of Belgrade. The hit targets include the buildings of the Ministry of the Interior and the Government of the Republic of Serbia in Kneza Miloša Street, the building of the Institute of Security of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia at Banjica, No. 9 Nemanjina Street, the Vasa Čarapić Military Barracks at Banjica, the building that presently houses the Ušće Shopping Centre, the residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in No. 15 Užička Street, the building of the Radio Television Serbia, the General Headquarters of the Army of Yugoslavia and the Federal Ministry of Defence, as well as the military barracks in Dušanova Street and Air Force Headquarters in Zemun, television tower on Avala Mountain and other objects. The Embassy of the People's Republic of China and the Yugoslavia Hotel in New Belgrade were also hit by missiles. Not even hospitals, schools, theatres, residential buildings were spared. As an expression of protest, various cultural and sport events were staged throughout the bombing campaign in the places that were potential targets. The bombing lasted for 78 days.

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