Acta Medica Medianae
CHARACTERISTICS OF GETTING INJURED AND WOUNDED IN THE NATO AGGRESSION VICTIMS ON THE TERRITORY OF BELGRADE
Slobodan SAVIĆ, Dorđe ALEMPIJEVIĆ, Vesna ĐOKIĆ, Tatjana ATANASIJEVIĆ and Dragan JEČMENICA
Institute for Forensic Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade
During the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia in the period from March to June, 1999, at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Belgrade there were 34 victims registered, namely, 22 of male and 12 of male sex. The greatest number of the killed was of younger age, namely, of 31 to 40 years of age (10 persons) and from 21 to 30 years of age (8 persons) while three victims were children up to 10 years of age. Only in one case the person on duty was wounded while all the other victims were civilians who got fatal injuries out of the military objects. The wounds were in most cases inflicted by the NATO aviation actions at night, from midnight to 6 o'clock a. m. (28). In the inner city zone 26 persons were hurt; 6 were hurt in the villages around Belgrade and two in the suburban settlements. Half of them were killed at their jobs; 16 of them were killed in the building of the Radio Television of Serbia; 9 were killed in their homes; 3 were killed in the hospital just like in the embassy and 2 in the street. Most of the persons (33) got injured due to a direct mechanical and/or thermal effect of explosive weapons. The forensic-medical autopsy was done on 31 victims. In 30 cases the death occured at the place where in the injury was inflicted.
Key words: NATO, aggression, civilian victims, Belgrade