Official: Sri Lanka fight kills over 300 civilians


A Sri Lankan health official says recent artillery shelling and heavy fighting in the north has killed more than 300 civilians and wounded more than 1,000 others. Dr. Thurairajah Varatharajah revealed the figures in a desperate appeal to the government and aid groups for medicine and blood transfusions for those injured in the fighting. Varatharajah is the top health official in the region. The letter was dated Monday and obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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