‘India’s silence saddening as plight of civilians worsens’

The indiscriminate attacks over civilian areas are continuing to displace hundreds of thousands in Vanni. Many have died and injured due to artillery fire and air attacks, says Mavai Senathirajah MP, Deputy Parliamentary group leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

International community and the United Nations must take measures to assist the suffering people; in the meantime the silence by India as the plight of the civilians is worsening is saddening, the Tamil parliamentarian is quoted as saying in a report in Tamil daily Virakesari of Monday August 11th.

The statement by the parliamentarian further says:

The indiscriminate artillery shelling on highly populated civilian areas in the early hours of Friday Aug 9th in Mullaitheevu district injured 18 innocent civilians and an 18 months old baby was killed. Official residences of Mullaitheevu District Government Agent and the doctors of Mullaiththeevu hospital, located inside the Mullaitheevu hospital premises were hit by the shelling.

Mullaitheevu district government Agent (GA) and wife of the Medical Superintendent were injured in this shelling.

Already telecommunication access to the area is curtailed. It is very difficult to get information and the plight of the civilians from there. The displaced people are in need of essential items. Senior level students are preparing to sit for the GCE Advanced level examinations amidst the Sri Lanka military campaign.

The Tamil National Alliance condemns the actions of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces that is worsening the plight of innocent civilians, who are already displaced and living under harsh conditions.

The TNA calls upon for an International community and United Nations response to assist these suffering people during their difficulties. And the TNA is saddened over the silence by India, when civilians are being hit, the statement said.

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