Eight die in shelling

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SARAJEVO (Reuter) - Eight people died when shells blasted a crowd waiting for humanitarian aid in the Muslim suburb of Dobrinja in the Bosnian capital yesterday.

Three of the dead were children. At least 20 other people were wounded by three shells that struck within as many minutes. Western journalists said people were giving first aid to the screaming survivors of the first shell when the others struck, causing still further casualties.

The deaths came with an intensification of Serbian attacks on Sarajevo this week as all three sides in the civil war prepared for a new round of peace talks in Geneva.

United Nations peace- keepers said Serbs besieging Sarajevo and firing with impunity from the hills surrounding the city killed six people on Thursday with a barrage of 223 shells.

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