Colombo, Feb 4: On Wednesday, Feb 4 one of the last functioning hospitals of northern region of Sri Lanka, in Wanni was hit by cluster bombs, raising further concerns over the safety of civilians in the war zone. It is in this hospital that the people injured in the offensive against LTTE are being treated.
Gordon Weiss, the United Nations spokesperson said, "Cluster bombs have hit a hospital in the Wanni region." He added that the safety of UN staff and families are also under threat. The bomb attack came two days after the Lankan government asked all civilians to move to 'safety zones' at the earliest, if not their security could not be guaranteed.
After the 2007 Norway-brokered ceasfire collaped, this is the first time cluster bombs are used. On Sunday, Feb, the civil hospital in Pudukudiyyiruppu in LTTE-controlled area was shelled killing 12 patients. Hundreds of thousands of hapless civilians are caught in the crossfire between the Sri Lankan Army and LTTE in the north of the island.
Government reports suggest that about 120,000 people are trapped in the intense fighting area, but the aid agencies claim the number is more.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)