[ Wednesday, 13 May 2009, 12:35.07 PM GMT +05:30 ]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells hit the makeshift hospital in Mulli-vaaykkaal East, killing at least 38 patients who were waiting for treatment at the hospital, a medical staff told TamilNet. "There are many more killed inside the hospital premises, but I can only confirm that 38 casualties that I have witnessed near the main theatre upto 2:53
p.m.," the medical staff told TamilNet. Many shells have hit the makeshift hospital premises across the road. Meanwhile, a patient who reached an administrative office put the casualty figures at 100 and said he had witnessed that an ICRC worker was killed. Meanwhile, LTTE's Director of Peace Secretarait S. Puleedevan when contacted by TamilNet said 39 female patients at a counselling aid center for mentally ill women were massacred by targeted SLA shelling in the morning. More than 40 patients were feared wounded, he said.
Most of the medical staff and patients are staying inside the bunkers, unable to save lives, the medical staff at the hospital told TamilNet.
The roads are congested with vehicles and it is not possible for journalistic sources to witness and verify all the details on time.
The hospital has been hit for the third time in one week.