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More than 2,000 civilians feared slaughtered in a single night

May 10, 2009

** Reports from within the conflict zone **
More than 2000 Tamil civilians feared dead, 257 confirmed dead – including 67 children, 112 injured brought to makeshift hospital were children

Read full report from the ground here.

BBC : Sri Lankan shelling ‘kills 257’

The BBC’s Charles Haviland, in Colombo, said health officials confirmed that 257 people had died. They said two hospitals were struggling to cope with the casualties, and that people were hiding in bunkers and many makeshift tents had been burnt. They added that among those killed was a government nursing officer. But the military denied the allegations.

AAP : Sri Lanka health official: 257 civilians killed

A government health official says at least 257 civilians have been killed and 814 wounded in a massive artillery barrage fired by Sri Lankan forces into the northern war zone.

Aljazeera : Sri Lanka ‘shelling kills hundreds’

The Sri Lankan military has killed more than 250 civilians in artillery attacks, a doctor in the war zone has said.

Another 814 people were hurt in overnight attacks beginning on Saturday in the last area held by the secessionist Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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