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Army kill 129 civilians in No-Fire-Zone: LTTE

world Updated: Apr 09, 2009 21:53 IST
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The LTTE on Wednesday alleged that Sri Lankan Army has killed 129 civilians, including children, by firing into the No-Fire-Zone on the island’s northeast coast where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped, a claim rejected by the government.

Heavy shelling by the Lankan army of a designated safe area has left 129 civilians dead and 282 wounded yesterday, the pro-Tamil Tiger website said.

It claimed the casualty figures included children because a child-care center was hit yesterday in the single “most cruel carnage” on civilians in the safety zone.

It has also charged the security forces with using chemical weapons during attacks, which was strongly denied by the Army.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s military, which says it is on the brink of total victory, denied the allegation.

Military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara denied the accusation, saying, “we have not fired into the ‘no-fire´ zone”.

The fate of the civilians trapped there has become a matter of international concern, with the United Nations and aid groups warning of a bloodbath if all-out fighting breaks out there.