Aid groups: Sri Lanka situation ‘nightmarish’

[CNN] International humanitarian aid agencies called Monday for increased access to the “nightmarish situation” in northern Sri Lanka, where government forces and Tamil rebels are locked in battle. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are thought to be trapped by the fighting. The plea came as artillery shells slammed into a hospital in the northern district […]

Deadly strike on S Lanka hospital

[BBC] The UN in Sri Lanka says many people – including children – have been killed by shells landing on a hospital in rebel-held territory in the north-east. UN spokesman Gordon Weiss told the BBC the shells had hit a crowded pediatric unit. It is not clear who fired them. Earlier the Red Cross said […]

UN evacuates wounded civilians from Sri Lanka war zone

[AFP] The United Nations evacuated hundreds of severely wounded civilians from behind rebel lines in Sri Lanka on Thursday as government troops fought to secure final victory over the Tamil Tigers. Human rights bodies have called for immediate steps by both the Colombo government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to save up […]

Sri Lanka pledges safe passage for civilians

[Reuters] A U.N. convoy carrying hundreds of people wounded in shelling between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan military left the war zone on Thursday after being held back two days ago, the United Nations said. “The convoy just crossed the frontline with hundreds of the civilians wounded by the fighting, including 50 critically […]