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Sri Lankan attacks kill 155 civilians Thursday and Friday

[TamilNet, Saturday, 7 March 2009 13:03 No Comment]

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) shelling killed 86 civilians on Friday from the early hours of the day and more than 100 civilians were wounded. Thousands of civilians within the ‘safety zone’ were forced to remain inside the bunkers. Dead bodies were not brought to the hospital as shelling continued. 69 civilians were killed on the previous day in the indiscriminate shelling and Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombardments. More than 220 civilians have been wounded on Thursday and Friday.

31 civilians were killed at Aananthapuram in I’ranaippaalai in SLAF bombardment and SLA shelling on Thursday. Two bombers dropped 8 times in two rounds throughout the day.

Two media workers were killed within the two days in the indiscriminate attacks.

Sasi Mathan, 27, Mullaiththeevu District Distribution Manager of Eezhanaatham Daily, the only newspaper published in LTTE controlled, was among the victims at Aananthapuram. He is a native of Mu’l'liyava’lai. Another key coordinator of the daily was killed on Friday.

Four civilians were killed Thursday when SLA shelling targeted an area where government vehicles were parked was also subjected to shell attack at Valaignarmadam.

A fire-bomb shell claimed the lives of 4 more civilians in Pokka’nai on Thursday.

Around 30 civilians were killed in the remaining places, including Mu’l'livaaykkaal on Thursday.

The SLA also fired from Chaalai using long-range machine guns into the sea on Thursday. At least one bullet hit the ICRC ship, according to informed sources.

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