5000 Shells on Safe Zone; More than 3,000 civilians feared slaughtered in a single night
Sunday, 10 May 2009 03:45 administrator
Tamil National warned of thousands lives at risk in its situation report Saturday. What we feared became reality, but still the world is sleeping. A heavy barrage of shelling by the Sri Lanka Army on the ‘safe zone’ that started at Saturday night 7.00 PM continued till Sunday morning slaughtering more than 3,000 civilians. The casualty includes hundreds of children and women. Health staff inside safe zone confirmed the mass slaughter quoting the injured who managed to reach the makeshift hospital.
Tamil National forecasted the imminent calamity and warned that the place is becoming more and more congested and said the damage will be unprecedented with the intensified attack on safe zone by Sri Lankan Army.
According to information from the safe zone, dead bodies are strewn everywhere on road sides, in bunkers and inside the tarpaulin tents. Around 400 wounded who have managed to reach the makeshift hospital described the situation. The number of injured is feared to be more than thousand considering the intensity of the attack and the dense of people in narrow strip of land.
Sri Lankan Army used every kind of lethal weapons, artillery shells, multi barrel rocket launchers, cannons and the banned cluster shells. The SLA usually chooses weekends for its massacres to minimise international attention.
The entire family of a devoted health worker, Gracian, has been wiped out in the shelling.
The Mullivaikkal makeshift hospital which was already congested and with minimal facilities is struggling to cope with the current situation, the medical sources said.
The Tamils feel the talk by the Indian PM at Chennai where he said, India was deeply concerned over the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka but could not do much to halt the military offensive “would have encouraged Sri Lanka.
The international community’s failure to take any stern action or the least a warning other than pleading was taken as an authorization to massacre the civilians. As we said in our previous situation report the world powers that had the ability to cease the calamity also at war crime.
On the eve of Vesak the Sri Lankan Navy exposed it cruelty by refusing to allow 5 MT of nutritious supplement food meant for severely malnourished children inside safe zone. And in a day after Vesak the Sri Lankan Army slaughtered thousands of innocent civilians.