Sri Lanka’s war zone hospitals were shelling killed at least 49 people died (Figure)
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LTTE Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in a war zone north of the hospital the morning of 12 shelling, killing at least 49 people died and more than 50 injured. It is not clear from the Sri Lankan government forces shelled or LTTE.
death toll expected to rise
Associated Press quoted the Sri Lankan government health department officials 瓦拉萨拉贾 He then reported that the hospital the morning of 12 by a mortar bomb hit, killing 49 people killed and 50 wounded. Death toll expected to rise.
瓦拉萨拉贾 He said the hospital area more than a few hours after the shells were again attacked, but the hospital spared. The Associated Press reported, this is the second time this month the hospital was shelled. May 2, the hospital was shelled to death 64 people.
LTTE spokesman Puli De Wan said the shelling by government forces as the accused government forces using heavy weapons. But the Sri Lankan government spokesman Lanbu Kai denied the claim, saying no to the government forces fired artillery shells in the region. As reporters and rescue workers can not enter the theater, and the casualties of war has always been difficult to understand.
theater, about 50,000 civilians
statement by Sri Lankan government forces, the LTTE now controls only the Sri Lankan northeast Mullaitivu district a an area of ??about 4 square kilometers of coastal jungle. It is estimated that this area is still about 50,000 civilians.
Puli De Wan said, a large number of civilians scattered to escape the war zone, looking for shelter, “no place to hide them or protect them.” He urged the international community to pressure the Sri Lankan government, asked Sri Lanka to stop military offensive.
Sri Lankan military accused the LTTE controlled areas in the detention of civilians as “human shields” to try to stop the military offensive. The military says they are as slow and careful manner, to avoid harming civilians.
12 Sri Lankan Defense Ministry statement said 11 government troops in fighting with the LTTE to move forward again about 800 meters, completely defeat the LTTE in the edge.
6500 civilians have been killed this year
since the 1980s, the Tamil Tigers and government forces have been fighting grounds of discrimination, is committed to In the eastern and northern Sri Lanka for an independent Tamil state, more than 70,000 years of war led to the death. This year, nearly 6500 civilians in fighting government forces and the LTTE were killed.
The United Nations have confirmed that, recently, the two sides at war led to nearly 400 trapped civilians were killed in the war zone, including more than 100 children.
Li Liangyong (Xinhua News Agency Zhuangao)
■ international response
United Nations condemned the killing of civilians
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-11, issued a statement on the Sri Lankan government forces and LTTE fighting caused heavy civilian casualties, “shocked.” He condemned the LTTE, “not heeding the” safety of civilians.
Ban Ki-moon asked Sri Lankan government forces and the LTTE to stop the use of heavy weapons and urged both sides to respect international humanitarian law. Britain, France and Austria 11, urged the Council to take action to prevent more civilian casualties in Sri Lanka. The United States at war with the LTTE Sri Lankan government forces caused heavy civilian casualties “deep concern.” Kelly, 11, State Department spokesman, said: “We believe that the unacceptable level of civilian casualties and we have repeatedly urged the LTTE to lay down their arms, to allow civilians to safe areas.” (Li Liangyong)