Sri Lankan Army Follow The Israeli Trend & Shell a Hospital

At least 20 people were killed and nearly 300 injured yesterday when a hospital in the last area of Sri Lanka held by the Tamil Tigers was shelled in what one doctor described as the worst day of bloodshed since the start of the military campaign.

The doctor, Thangamutha Sathiyamorthy, blamed the Sri Lankan army for firing shells that landed next to two health facilities in Putumattalan, on the northern end of the tiny strip of the Sri Lankan coastline where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped by the fighting. The military strenuously denied the allegation.

Sathiyamorthy said 22 people, including an 18-month-old child and a medical worker, were killed and 283 injured in the attack, which started soon after dawn yesterday. He described how he found dead and wounded civilians on the site of the first blasts, which occurred as about 500 people queued beside a mother and baby clinic to receive milk powder and food rations.

Since stepping up the military campaign since the start of the year the Sri Lankan armed forces have driven the last remnants of the once-powerful Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) into a narrow strip of land estimated to be no larger than 20 sq km. Estimates of the number of civilians trapped alongside them vary, with the UN putting the figure at about 100,000 and Sri Lankan authorities claiming it is no more than 40,000.

Yesterday Sathiyamorthy said conditions inside the no-fire zone were now desperate, with 13 people dead from starvation and 69% of children below the age of five showing signs of malnutrition.

“Of course the food supply is inadequate. Many children are at risk. Yesterday we distributed milk powder and I saw very thin children coming to the clinic,” he said. He estimated that more than 5,000 people had died since the start of the latest offensive. “Every day they expect some solution because everybody was asked to go to the no-fire zone, but actually the people reached this area and unfortunately the government is shelling this area,” he said. “It is a real disaster. We didn’t expect this amount of disaster.”

9 Responses to “Sri Lankan Army Follow The Israeli Trend & Shell a Hospital”

  1. libhomo Says:

    War becomes more total and barbaric with each passing day.

  2. RickB Says:

    I think once artillery then air power became widely used, civilians became an inconvenient externality to warfare, as such media was co-opted to make their deaths seem like unfortunate accidents or to smear them as combatants, to justify the war machine in action. Militaries murder civilians, it’s part of what they do, time people wised up to the moral implications of volunteering your labour in such institutions.

    • ralfast Says:

      Exactly. Oops, sorry our bomb was to big for you and killed the kids in the nursery from across the street.

      The irony is that with all this “accuracy” one has to wonder (not much really) if in fact they are not aiming to kill this people, in an exact and robotic way. Localized mass punishments.

      • RickB Says:

        Well accuracy has failure rates I suppose, but yes the weapons are either smart therefore the killing is part of the strategy or the weapons are wildly crap and the accuracy shit is just marketing to get contracts and sucker pro war shills. I would say both! And under it all they are using civilian murder to achieve strategic goals and yes mass punishment is clearly something that is used then denied to soothe the ego of supporters who reckon they are the good guys.

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  4. Jaya Weerasiri Says:

    I know this doctor. He is a pro-LTTE activist for at least a decade. Please be careful when quoting information with fake pictures from unreliable sources. The LTTE is the world most brutal terrorist organization banned in the world. Can we rely on the things expressed by a murderer?

    At present, the world media should be well aware that any photograph can be manipulated using computer software, as someone wishes.

    • RickB Says:

      Hmmm, do you apply the same murderer scepticism to what the government tells you? The hospital was damaged that is not a lie, photoshop can’t blow out windows in the real world.

  5. Jaya Weerasiri Says:

    This news first appeared in TamilNet website. We can now see clearly the biasness of your media website by publicizing quickly whatever reported in the TamilNet, but hardly from the Sri Lankan government defense website. Do you want to eradicate or support terrorism? I challenge you to report exclusive aerial footages of LTTE activities, shooting to fleeing civilians inside the No-Fire-Zone at Mullaittivu on the 2nd May 2009 and here before, and many more videos, other reports etc. revealing the truth at http://www.defence.lk/english.asp. If you do not do this, that confirms to the world that you are manipulated by pro-LTTE arms, destroying the world. Then, the conclusion is, you are also contributing to this destruction done by the terrorism. In Sri Lanka in particular and many other countries, credibility towards you has been drastically lost due to this biasness. Because people living on the ground see the truth, which contradicts to your reports.

    • RickB Says:

      If you want to get coverage it’s probably best not to arrive on someone’s blog with an ultimatum and hysterical notions about terrorism, as if violence done by state forces is somehow more noble than violence done by non state actors. As the UK trades weapons to the govt. it is more beholden upon UK citizen’s to examine what the Sri Lankan govt does with the weapons, if we traded arms to the Tigers then attention would be deserving there.


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