2ND LEAD

Hospital attacked, SLN naval crafts fire artillery pieces

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 April 2009, 11:21 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) attack crafts fitted with 100 mm cannon began firing artillery pieces along the shore of Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal Wednesday around 4:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the makeshift hospital in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal was hit by artillery shells. 9 patients were killed and 15 sustained injuries as many of the remaining patients had to seek shelter elsewhere, according to initial details. The attack comes after the ICRC visited the hospital in the morning and U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner were meeting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo Wednesday. Both the ministers had urged for immediate ceasefire earlier in the day.

Gunboats, with deck mounted machine guns, were also firing along the shore, initial reports further said.

Meanwhile, civil officials reported that more than 150 dead bodies of civilians, killed in close-range gunfire by the SLA, were recovered from Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal north in the morning.

Shell attack on hospital
A child killed in the ward of the hospital
Shell attack on hospital
The roof of the ward, shells also hit the premises
Shell attack on hospital
Patients displaced from the attacked ward
Shell attack on hospital
The ward which was attacked, photographed inside
Hospital attacked
Patients outside the attacked ward
Hospital attacked
The roof of the ward attacked by the SLA artillery
Hospital attacked
Wounded patients were wounded again in the attack on hospital


Hospital attacked
Panic-stricken mothers with children
Shell attack on hospital
Patients at the hospital
Shell attack on hospital
The ward which was attacked, photographed from outside
Shell attack on hospital
Shell exploded on the roof causing injuries to several patients
Shell attack on hospital
Shell exploded on the roof causing injuries to several patients
Shell attack on hospital
9 patients were killed and 15 wounded as shells hit the ward


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