6TH LEAD

Sri Lanka intensifies bombardment, 'safe zone' bombed 25 times Saturday

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 2009, 09:21 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) unloaded bombs in four sorties on Saturday, intensifying bombardments in the northern and southern parts of Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal inside the safety zone. The bombers hit several locations, 4 times around 10:15 a.m., 12 times at 2:00 p.m. 4 times around 4:15 p.m. and an hour later five times, bringing to total 25, the number of times the SLAF hit targets inside the "Safe Zone" where tens of thousands of civilians have sought refuge. The attacks intensified a day after Indian diplomats visited Colombo and discussed the war with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

SLAF air strike in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal
SLAF air strike in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal on 25 April 2009


Most of the SLAF attacks were concentrated in the areas south of Mu’l’li-vaaykkaal village inside the safe zone as heavy exchange of gunfire was reported in Valaignar-madam, north of Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal. Exact casualty details were not available.

The SLAF also attacked the safety zone twice on Thursday and Friday.

On Friday, 10 of the wounded civilians admitted at the makeshift hospital succumbed to their injuries as hospital struggled without medicines.

SLAF air strike in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal  on 25 April 2009
Civilians seeking safety from SLAF air strike in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal on 25 April 2009
SLAF air strike in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal  on 25 April 2009
Civilians seeking safety from SLAF air strike in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal on 25 April 2009


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