SLA attacks civilians in 'secure zone', several killed, dozens wounded
[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 January 2009, 04:44 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) unilaterally announced a "secure zone" for civilians Wednesday, but turned its Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers and Artillery guns towards the so-called secure zones in the early hours of Thursday, continuing the carnage, killing and maiming innocent civilians. The inhumane attack on Thursday has targeted an institution for disabled children, the 'Sweet Life Home' (Iniya Vaazhvu illam), and the tightly populated settlement in front of the children home, which is located at Va'l'lipunam. More than 100 civilians have been rushed to hospitals within the last 24 hours.
At least 11 dead bodies and more than 25 wounded have been brought to the makeshift hospital (Mullaiththeevu hospital) functioning at Va'l'lipunam school Thursday morning alone.
The 11 dead bodies have been placed under trees of the school and are yet to be approached by the families as the indiscriminate shelling on civilian settlements was continuing.
A civlian lying dead inside his temporary shelter. The artillery barrage on Wednesday killed at least 6 civilians and caused injuries to more than 75 in Visuvamadu, Thearaavil, Theavipuram, Udaiyaarkaddu and Chuthanthirapuram
People continue to live in the places that have come under SLA shelling Wednesday evening
One of the civilians killed in SLA shelling on Wednesday
A male was killed as he was trying to take cover in the nearby bunker on Wednesday during the artillery barrage by the SLA