Thousands leaving northern town

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 May 2000, 20:18 GMT]
The Jaffna teaching hospital continues to function with all of its staff spokesman for International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr.Harasha Gunawardena, told TamilNet this evening. He said that neither the government nor the Liberation Tigers have so far approached the ICRC about establishing a demilitarized zone comprising the hospital and its immediate environs.

Thousand of civilians began moving out of the town when the Sri Lanka army lifted the curfew for four hours from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. this morning. Bicycles, cars, vans and other vehicles among the people who are going towards safer areas to the west of the Valigamam sector.

The Liberation Tigers have been exhorting Tamil civilians to vacate the Jaffna town and move out to safer parts of the peninsula since Wednesday May 10.

Mr. Gunawardena said that only four civilians wounded by shelling were brought for treatment to the hospital since Tuesday May 9.

An ICRC team had visited the hospital today. There are 34 resident doctors and 38 non-resident doctors, including three surgeons are working in the hospital now according to him. Eleven resident nurses and hundred and fifty non-resident nurses are working in the hospital currently Mr.Gunawardena said.

Many patients left the hospital when the curfew was lifted temporarily today from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. according to sources in Jaffna town who could be reached by phone. Several pregnant women requiring urgent medical care have been transferred to the hospital at Manthikai near Pt. Pedro they claimed.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.04.19 18:43   Photo
Unity between Eezham Tamils and Muslims key to true freedom: Exiled Sinhala academic
23.04.19 23:12   Photo
People of all walks of life victims in ‘chosen island’ of geopolitics, religious extremism
22.04.19 23:46   Photo
West influencing regime-change politics responsible for worsening situation: Fr Sakthivel
21.04.19 09:17   Photo
207 killed, 450 wounded, series of bomb blasts target churches, hotels on Easter Sunday
20.04.19 22:18   Photo
Tamil journalist released on bail fears targeted persecution by SL military
19.04.19 23:23  
Colombo closing down schools with less than 50 students tantamounts to educational betrayal
18.04.19 21:24   Photo
Sinhala colonisation escalated in Vavuniyaa North with a multitude of players backing infrastructure
17.04.19 23:18   Photo
Journalist harassed after exposing SLN surveillance on peaceful protest in Vanni
16.04.19 22:20   Photo
Uprooted Tamils in Karanthaay enter their lands in dispute with SL authority
15.04.19 23:44   Photo
Linguistic discrimination, insensitive iconography used to establish Sinhala Buddhist hegemony
14.04.19 22:43   Photo
Colombo schemes new settler colony for intruding Sinhala fishers in Mullaiththeevu
13.04.19 08:01   Photo
Tamil youth in Batticaloa irked by SL State-backed southern company bent on ilmenite mining
12.04.19 21:01   Photo
SLA deployed Tamils as human shields in 1990, activists allege mass graves in Jaffna islet
11.04.19 23:47   Photo
Assange arrest: Declaration of war against digital civil society by bandwagoning powers
10.04.19 21:25  
Tamils discriminated in demarcation of education zones in Ampaa'rai district
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=5030