SLA attacks continue to target 'safety zone'

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 April 2009, 01:11 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continued indiscriminate shelling on the so-called 'safety zone' Friday and Saturday killing at least 60 civilians, according to local NGO workers. The SLA shelling targeted Iraddai-vaaykkaal and Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal. Meanwhlie, medical authorities at Puthumaaththa'lan hospital reported that 63 wounded were admitted Friday at the makeshift hospital and 55 on Saturday. Of the 118 injured, 67 were wounded in shelling and 51 in gunfire, according to medical sources. Two died at the hospital Friday. 30 of the wounded are children and two of them succumbed to their injuries Saturday.

Tarpaulin shelter in Pokka'nai
The density of tarpaulin shelters in Pokka'nai


SLA-fired shells and Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) rockets hit Pokka'nai, Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal and Valaignarmadam, causing at least 60 deaths on Friday and Saturday.

The medical authorities do not report death toll in the villages since the dead bodies of the victims were not being brought to the hospital under the prevailing circumstances.

470 wounded patients and their helpers were sent in ICRC ship on Friday.

Wounded civilians
A child wounded in SLA attack on 17 April, 2009
Wounded civilians
A pregnant mother and a young boy amidst the wounded crowd of civilians at the makeshift hospital on 17 April, 2009
Wounded civilians
A severly wounded boy admitted at the makeshift hospital on 17 April, 2009


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