UN peackeepers at Sarajevo airport in front of a cargo plane
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Sarajevo: UN airlift provides city's lifeline

With the roads around Sarajevo held by the Serbs during the siege on the city, the only reliable way to get food, medicines and supplies in was by air.

The Nato operation lasted longer than the Berlin airlift and kept thousands alive. But it did not deliver what the city's defenders wanted - weapons.

However it was not risk-free. Planes were often fired on - leading to frequent suspensions. Four Italian airmen died when their plane was shot just weeks after Martin Bell filed this report.

Martin Bell reports in August 1992.

  • 04 Apr 2012