Colombo, May 3: Atleast 64 civilians are killed and 87 injured after a makeshift hospital in the war zone was shelled on Saturday, May 2 in Sri Lanka. Both the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) are are blaming each other for the incident.
Though the health officials confirmed that the hospital in Mullivaaykkaal, a no-fire zone held by rebels, was hit twice by artillery throughout the day, they declined to say who was responsible. However the military denied launching an attack. The Island nation is witnessing immense pressure from international community to stop its offensive against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels to safeguard the estimated 50,000 ethnic Tamil civilians trapped by the fighting.
However the Sri Lankan government refused to do so, but promised to stop launching artillery and air strikes into the 5-kilometer-long coastal strip where the Tigers are cornered to. Though the makeshift hospital is inside rebel-held area, it is run by government doctors.