Sri Lanka Hospital Attacked for Second Day

World | May 13, 2009, Wednesday // 18:12|  views

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Violence has continued unabated in Sri Lanka's Tamil war zone, where more than 50 people died when the main hospital was shelled for a second day.

While the army cast doubt on the new attack, a doctor in Mullaitivu said it had hit people injured during earlier shelling which claimed nearly 50 lives.

A local Red Cross employee was also killed as violence raged. Satellite images have emerged which appear to show recent heavy shelling in the government-designated "safe zone", the BBC reported.

Images released by Human Rights Watch show crater marks and considerable population displacement between 6 and 10 May. The organisation says it has also gathered witness testimony contradicting army assertions that they are not using heavy weaponry.

Sri Lanka has accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of being behind recent attacks using heavy weapons. The UN estimates that about 50 000 civilians are trapped by the conflict, in a three-sq-km strip of land.

A day after Britain and the US called on both the government and the rebels to end hostilities immediately there is no sign of that happening.


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