Today marks 15 years since NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
The strikes lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999. The official NATO operation code name was Operation Allied Force; the United States called it Operation Noble Anvil, while in Yugoslavia the operation was named “Merciful Angel” (Serbian Cyrillic: Милосрдни анђео).
The NATO intervention was carried out without the authorisation of the United Nations Security Council, over allegations that Serbian security forces carried out the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians.
In 20:45 NATO began air strikes against military targets in Yugoslavia which later spread to economic and civilian objects.
In the attacks that have lasted for 78 days, without interruption, infrastructure, economic buildings, schools, health institutions, media houses, monuments, churches and monasteries were severely damaged.
The damage that Yugoslavia had suffered had been estimated from 30 to 100 billion dollars. The final number of victims has never been officially announced, but Serbs estimates range between 1,200 and 2,500 killed and 5,000 wounded.