“Thousands of people gathered in Croatia and Serbia on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of Operation Storm (Oluja).

Operation Storm, carried out through Aug. 4-5, 1995 was a joint operation by Croatian police and military to liberate its territory in Knin.

Croatia celebrates the day as Victory Day, while Serbia commemorates as Remembrance Day.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, and Croat member of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency Dragan Covic were among those who attended the ceremony in Knin.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kitarovic said the days ahead are more important than the loss suffered in the past.

‘The operation ensured the liberation of the northern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina,’ Plenkovic said.” (World Bulletin)

“Serbia is “deeply disappointed” that Israeli jets slated to be sold to Croatia participated in a military flyover commemorating the final battle in 1995 of Croatia’s War of Independence, during which some 200,000 Serbs fled their homes and war crimes were committed, Serbia’s Ambassador Milutin Stanojevic said on Sunday.

‘Israel and the Jewish people have had a difficult past and should understand the difficulties and sufferings of other nations,’ Stanojevic said in an interview.” (JPost)

“Fourteen fans of the Hajduk football club from the southern Croatian coastal city of Split have each been sentenced to 15 days in prison and banned from entering Serbia for a year, a court in Belgrade has ruled, according to local media reports on Saturday.

The other 13 fans who were brought before the court have been acquitted but will remain in police custody until the expiry of the 48-hour detention order issued earlier.

The court president Milan Marinovic told Tanjug news agency that the fans were punished for ‘inappropriate, rude and wanton behaviour in a group.'”(N1)