Catastrophic situation: Over 1700 killed and 3000 injured within 48-hours – ICRC Ships prevented
The local aid workers in Vanni Region estimated 1700 civilians have been killed and over 3000 injured in the last 48 hours due to the persistent use of heavy artillery and mortars by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The catastrophic situation has been made worse by the acute shortage of food and medicine.
The ICRC ship carrying emergency supply of food provided by the World Food Organization (WFO) has been prevented from delivering its consignments due to refusal of the Sri Lankan Government to provide security guarantees, even though LTTE has given all clearance and guarantees . And another ship working on medical evacuations also prevented from reaching shores with the same reason.
In the face of relentless bombardment, 1400 patents and their families are facing untold hardships and there were no one take care of these patients. All doctors and medical staff have abandoned the hospital and gone into bunkers. Local doctors who are trying to work in these hospitals have decided to hand the hospitals over to the ICRC in the hope that under ICRC management the hospitals may be spared from bombardment.
Despite international concerns and condemnation by international leaders, the Sri Lankan armed forces are continuing with its campaign of targeting the civilian population and destroying civilian infrastructure.
We call upon the international community to protect the civilians from this ongoing carnage by taking whatever measure required. The LTTE is ready to engage with the International Community in its actions to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis.