Deadly strike on Sri Lanka hospital
A hospital in Sri Lanka’s tamil dominated zone was hit twice by artillery attacks within hours on Sunday, killing at least six civilians and wounding many others.
The shells in the later attack appeared to have been fired by the Sri Lankan army and killed five. He said they also caused extensive damage to the crowded Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital, one of the last functioning health institutions inside territory held by the rebel Tamil Tigers. The attacks came amid reports of growing casualties among thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians trapped inside the rebel-held area.
Nine people have been killed by shells which hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of north-east Sri Lanka, the Red Cross says.
The hospital, in the town of Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu district, was hit three times in 24 hours, aid officials said.
UN spokesman Gordon Weiss told the BBC the shells had hit a crowded paediatric unit. It is not clear who fired them.
Sri Lanka's army has denied it was behind the shelling.
Puthukkudiyiruppu is situated in an enclave held by the rebels, and is home to tens of thousands of civilians.
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