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SLA shelling targets relief supplies and hospital, patients wounded

[TamilNet, Friday, 13 March 2009, 16:27 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells hit the area close to the makeshift-hospital in Puthumaaththa'lan inside the 'safe zone' Friday around 4:10 p.m., causing injuries to four patients who were already wounded. The artillery attack intensified while ICRC ship was unloading humanitarian supplies. Seven civilians were killed and 32 wounded in shell explosion near the ground where the humanitarian supplies were being stored around 3:00 p.m. Totally, 31 civilians were killed during the daytime on Friday inside the 'safe zone'.

The shelling targeted Valaignarmadam, Iraddaivaaykkaal, Mu'l'livaaykkaal and Maaththa'lan.

Meanwhile, two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers carried out 3 aerial missions close to the lagoon, dropping 24 bombs throughout the day. Casualty details of the SLAF bombardment were not known.

Shelling in front of the make-shift hospital
Fire-bomb shelling in front of the make-shift hospital in Maaththa'lan
Wounded child
A wounded child is being brought to the hospital. Note the persons in picture benting down as shell explodes near the hospital
Baby amputated
A 3-month old baby had to have its right arm amputated
A funeral in Maaththa'lan
A funeral in Maaththa'lan
Overcrowded hospital
Overcrowded hospital
A pregnant mother wounded in shelling
A pregnant mother wounded in shelling
People have dug bunkers inside their shelters
People have dug bunkers inside their shelters
An entire bunker is filled with water following rains
An entire bunker is filled with water following rains
New bunkers
Many IDPs were forced to dig new bunkers after the heay rains
Children playing under the cover of a vehicle
Children under the cover of a vehicle


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