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Shell hits Lanka hospital, 47 dead

At least 47 Tamil civilians were killed when a mortar shell struck the only hospital inside the war zone in the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The dead included patients.

world Updated: May 12, 2009 23:34 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

At least 47 Tamil civilians were killed when a mortar shell struck the only hospital inside the war zone in the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The dead included patients.

More than 50 were injured in the early morning incident, a government school teacher working as a volunteer in the “civilian safety zone (CSZ)” told HT over telephone.

“Seven children were killed. Many patients ran away after the shelling. Some returned later. About 700 patients are now inside the hospital,” the teacher said.

Among the dead were those injured in shelling over the last weekend. The toll in the region is reportedly approaching the 500 mark. However, the pro-rebel website TamilNet put it at over 1,000.

V. Anandasangaree, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader, known for his anti-LTTE stand, wrote to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday, bringing the incident to his notice.

The government and military denied the allegation, saying the LTTE was carrying out the attacks to whip up international support. The military also made further advances into the CSZ.