Civilian death toll in Vanni rising

Sri Lanka Air Force continued to launch air strikes in several areas of Vanni in Northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The army says the assaults are in support of the government troops on the grounds that are encircling key LTTE held towns. But independent reports say civilian areas are continuously being targeted.

[A mother killed in SLAF bombardment on Wednesday, Dec 31st]

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers attacked a civilian settlement near Murugananda school in Murasumoaddai on Paranthan – Mullaiththeevu Road killing two females of a family and a male on the spot. Another man, who was seriously wounded, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 16 civilians, including a couple, were wounded. The attack has targeted three civilian settlements in Murasumoaddai Wednesday, Dec 31st around 8:00 a.m. The indiscriminate bombardment on fleeing civilians, Internally Displaced Person’s huts, close to the ICRC Karaichchi branch office, a school, temple and agricultural lands aims at instilling fear at the minds of the civilians in Vanni, observers said.

[S.Ajantha]

Iyakkachci and Iranaimadu areas in the Kilinochchi District, Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) and Mullaithivu town in the Mullaithivu District saw extensive aerial bombing and shelling on Saturday 27 December 2008, resulting in the death of one 24 year old woman and injury to 15 more civilians. Among the injured are, S. Ajantha (18) who lost both her legs and two children.

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