50 Tamil civilians killed, 130 wounded within 48 hours

[TamilNet, Sunday, 22 February 2009, 15:44 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) artillery barrage has killed 33 civilians on Saturday and 73 were brought to the makeshift hospital at Maaththa'lan with injuries. 14 deaths were registered by the hospital. On Sunday, around 20 civilians were killed in the SLA barrage and 60 wounded were brought to hospital, according to medical sources.

Medical staff were struggling to cope with high number of patients admitted to the hospital.

Following the air attack by the Tigers on Colombo, the SLA stepped up shelling during the night killing 14 persons within the Safety Zone at Valaignarmadam, Mu'l'livaaykkaal, and Pokka'ani. 19 more were killed during the day time on Saturday.

Intense shelling targeted Ira'naippaalai, Aananthapuram and Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaiththeevu district on Sunday, killing more than 20 civilians.


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