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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

LTTE’s guns target civilian villages in the east: Thousands flee, scores killed and injured

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 10 December, ( Heavy casualties have been reported in the Seruwila area in the Eastern Province where Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) artillery guns targeted civilian settlements in Serunuwara and and Somapura located in the restive Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, hospital sources in Kanthale said.

Sri Lanka Army sources said two soldiers died and scores of other soldiers injured when the LTTE targeted their army camp with artillery fire.

"Two soldiers paid supreme sacrifice and 30 were injured in the armed confrontation with the Tiger terrorists when they launched artillery and mortar attacks, in Kallar, and Serunuwara area today (09) since morning," the Army said.

Independet reports said at least four civilians got killed and scores of others have been injured when the LTTE fighters aimed their artillery guns at Sinhalese villages in the Eastern province according to reports collected at the Kanthale hospital from the injured.

The artillery attacks started 5.30 a.m. on the villages of Serunuwara, Somapura, and Mahindapura making thousands of Sinhalese villagers flee for safer areas the injured said. Six civilians have been admitted to the Kanthale Hospital and a 22 year old young woman who was seriously injured has been transferred to Kandy hospital the sources said. Among the injured was also a home guard.

Army sources said, “The continuous artillery and mortar attack on the villages have prompted over 3000 civilians to leave their homes and seek safety. These displaced persons numbering 276 belonging to 98 families are staying in the Agrebodhi Viharaya, Kantalai and another, 650, at Suriyapura School. Many other refugees were also at Virunna Pirivena Kanthale.

Internally Displaced Persons claimed that the artillery fire has been targeted on their villages, fired from the LTTE guns in the Eichilampattu jungles where the Tamil guerillas are camping.

The dead body of a 15 year girl struck by the LTTE mortar fire was seen at the mortuary of the Serunuwara hospital, the hospital sources said.

Kallar, Medagama also been struck by the artillery fire, IDPs said. People from Sirimangalapura said they were transported to Suriyapola by a truck belonging to the temple. They used the same cab to transport two civilians who died by the LTTE shells. Another dead body had to be abandoned by the monk due to a shower of LTTE fire, they said.

Rehabilitation Minister Ishak Badurdeen was in Kantale hospital to find out the immediate needs of the hospital. Many complained to him about the shortages of the hospital.

Due to the ongoing battle there were already 9 dead bodies at Vakarai hospital mortuary. About 25 were receiving treatment, hospital sources said. Hospital sources also requested the ICRC to transfer 13 of them to Batticaloa hospital, they said.

- Asian Tribune -

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