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Sri Lanka army kills 129 civilians

[AFP, Thursday, 9 April 2009 07:09 One Comment]

A-Sri-Lankan-soldier-stan-001 Heavy shelling by the Sri Lankan army of a designated safe area has left 129 civilians dead and 282 wounded, the pro-Tamil Tiger website Tamilnet.com said Thursday.

 

The website said government forces pounded the area on the northeast coast throughout Wednesday, hitting sites including a child nutrition centre. It said the attack was the single "most cruel carnage" by the army in months of fighting.

 

Sri Lanka’s military denied the allegation.

 

"These are fabrications by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) to get international attention and mount pressure to have a ceasefire that will help the Tiger leadership to escape the army," military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.

 

The army also issued a statement denying an earlier Tamilnet report that "chemical weapons" were being used against ethnic rebels defending the village of Puthukkudiriruppu over the weekend.

 

"Pro-Tiger mouthpieces worldwide, unable to digest the humiliating defeat in the hands of security forces, have been… trying to tarnish the Sri Lanka army image," the army said.

 

"The Sri Lanka army categorically denies LTTE?s baseless allegations and strongly affirms that the army, as a professional military unit, has no need whatsoever to use such weapons when they were so close to the last leg of the war," the statement said.

 

The Sri Lankan government severely restricts access to the war-torn north, making independent verification of the rival claims impossible.

 

Authorities have in the past denied hitting civilians, and in turn accuse the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of holding tens of thousands of Tamils to use as human shields.

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  • ragavan said:

    SLA attacks kill 129 civilians, 282 wounded in ‘safety zone’ on Wednesday
    [TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 April 2009, 20:49 GMT]
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells claimed the lives of 129 civilians inside the so-called ‘safety zone’ throughout the day on Wednesday, according to the latest reports. Three artillery shells targeted a child care / nutrition centre at Pokka’nai Wednesday morning where [b]many civilians were waiting to obtain humanitarian milk rations for children[/b]. The shelling on child care centre was the single "most cruel carnage" on civilians within the safety zone, a rescue worker at the makeshift hospital in Puthumaaththa’lan said adding that exact casualty figures of children were yet to be reported from the site of the carnage, due to continued attacks till the evening.

    A high number of victims were children, numbering between 40 to 80, according to latest reports.

    [b]my question is civilized world let this happend and wipe out a race? unbelevable 21st century people.[/b]