Despite an anti-sniping agreement signed by both sides in late August, anti-sniping units from FREBAT 4 continue with their patrols in and around Sarajevo to prevent further civilian casualties.
Shots of trams carrying residents of Sarajevo around the city and UNPROFOR soldiers on an anti-sniping mission on Sniper Alley in front of the Holiday Inn. Sarajevo after the ceasefire is quieter and less threatened by sniper fire since an anti-sniper agreement was signed by both sides on the 21st of August. Shots of UNPROFOR Anti-Sniping Units in APCs who are continuing with their mission.
Lt. Col. Michel Stollsteiner of FREBAT 4 says that one part of their mission is to observe where the shots are being fired from and the other part is to 'shoot at uncontrolled snipers and neutralise them'. Shots of FREBAT 4 soldiers on patrol. They carry out foot patrols twice a day along the confrontation line that runs along the Miljatska River and along a ridge that commands a view over the entire Sniper Alley valley. MDL (Maréchal de Logis)/Chef Didier Masset explains that this position is important because from the ridge they can monitor the whole valley where bullets come from both sides. He says that he is also in a position to support his colleagues with light arms or the vehicle's cannon.
Shots of FREBAT soldiers on patrol on Sniper Alley. In accordance with the agreement, the weapons on their APCs are tilted towards the sky. FREBATsoldiers work to pinpoint where sniper fire is coming from. The faces of the anti-sniper specialists are blurred to protect their identity. They explain that they rarely return fire because they have to be completely sure that they know who fired and that their APC was the intended target. The soldiers of the anti-sniping units come from the elite Marine Parachutist Corps and the snipers are trained in special weapons. One of the snipers describes his weapon as a McMillan M87 with a calibre of 12-12.7 mm. He explains that the bullets are able to go through walls and can therefore find snipers even if they are hiding in buildings. He says that it is hard to work out the exact locations that snipers are firing from because they shoot from dark rooms in high-rise buildings.
Lt. Col. Michel Stollsteiner says that although they rarely engage a sniper, there is a sense of satisfaction on days when the trams run safely with no civilian casualties.