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SLA shelling targets relief supplies and hospital, patients wounded

[TamilNet, Friday, 13 March 2009 19:33 No Comment]

13_03_maath_08_77668_445 Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells hit the area close to the makeshift-hospital in Puthumaaththa’lan inside the ‘safe zone’ Friday around 4:10 p.m., causing injuries to four patients who were already wounded. The artillery attack intensified while ICRC ship was unloading humanitarian supplies. Seven civilians were killed and 32 wounded in shell explosion near the ground where the humanitarian supplies were being stored around 3:00 p.m. Totally, 31 civilians were killed during the daytime on Friday inside the ‘safe zone’.


The shelling targeted Valaignarmadam, Iraddaivaaykkaal, Mu’l'livaaykkaal and Maaththa’lan.
Meanwhile, two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers carried out 3 aerial missions close to the lagoon, dropping 24 bombs throughout the day. Casualty details of the SLAF bombardment were not known.

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