Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tamils Say Hospital Hit

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tamils Say Hospital Hit

Article excerpt

SRI Lankan forces shelled a makeshift hospital in the war zone on Saturday, killing 64 civilians, despite a pledge to stop using heavy weapons in their battle with the Tamil Tigers, a rebel-linked website said.

A health official in the war zone confirmed that the hospital was hit twice by artillery throughout Saturday, though the official declined to say who was responsible. The military denied launching the attack.

Sri Lanka has come under increasing international pressure to halt its offensive against the rebels to safeguard the estimated 50,000 ethnic Tamil civilians trapped by the fighting.

The government, which has cornered the Tamil Tigers in a 5km-long coastal strip, has refused, but it did promise to stop launching artillery and air strikes into the area.

The TamilNet website said the government hit the makeshift hospital at Mullivaaykkaal twice on Saturday morning.

The attacks killed at least 64 patients and bystanders and wounded another 87, according to a government health official. …

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