Sri Lanka’s military has been accused of killing over 2,000 civilians after a night of shelling in the country’s northern war zone. The aerial bombardment allegedly hit a hospital. The report was posted on the pro-rebel Tamilnet website and was backed up by medics working in the combat zone. But Sri Lanka’s forces have denied they have caused any civilian casualties and blame the rebels for firing on their own and using locals as human shields.
Independent verification of the numbers or circumstances of deaths is difficult as foreign journalists are banned from the war zone.
The UN estimates between 50,000 and 100,000 civilians are trapped alongside the rebels in the shrinking patch of land in the north surrounded by government troops. Each side blames the other for fatalities in an increasingly cynical propaganda war as the Tamil Tigers continue to fight for an independent homeland.
Sri Lanka military accused of bombing hospital