Sri Lanka Army Kills Many in Rebel Hospital Attack

World | May 12, 2009, Tuesday // 09:25|  views

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Sri Lankan government forces have shelled a hospital inside the conflict zone killing at least 45 people, Tamil Tiger rebel and hospital sources say.

The rebels said the makeshift hospital in Mullivaikal was hit early in the morning, and people injured in weekend attacks were among the dead, the BBC reported.

The government has repeatedly denied shelling the war zone, saying it is rebels who are attacking civilians.
The claims are impossible to verify as reporters are banned from the area.

More than 300 people were killed and over 1 000 injured over the weekend in what the UN has described as a bloodbath.

Many of the casualties from that fighting were taken to the Mullivaikal hospital.

The UN estimates that about 50 000 civilians are trapped by the conflict, in a three-sq-km strip of land.

The Tamil Tigers have fought for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority since 1983.

More than 70 000 people have been killed in the war.


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