In March 1994, Dutchbat, the Dutch battalion, was sent to Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina under UN command to protect the Muslim enclave. Srebrenica was considered a “safe area”. Nonetheless, the Bosnian-Serb army surrounded the enclave, attacked it on 6 July 1995 and captured it on 11 July 1995. Dutchbat withdrew to the nearby compound. Thousands of refugees turned up there from Srebrenica. Dutchbat allowed more than 5,000 of the refugees on to the compound. Most of them were women and young children, but also approx. 350 men and boys. A much larger number of refugees stayed in the open air outside of the compound.