Disease risk in Sri Lanka war zone: Red Cross

[AFP] Tens of thousands of people trapped by fighting in Sri Lanka’s north are facing serious risks of disease due to shortages of clean water and sanitation, the Red Cross said Tuesday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the humanitarian situation was deteriorating fast as civilians still living in the rebel-held territory […]

S Lanka civilian attacks denied

[BBC] The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have both denied accusations of inflicting civilian casualties in the north-east. The army said it was not responsible for the shelling of a makeshift hospital which the Red Cross (ICRC) said had killed 16 people on Monday. The Tamil Tigers denied shooting dead 19 fleeing civilians. […]

Red Cross denies stirring panic in Sri Lanka

[AFP] The Red Cross on Wednesday rejected charges it was trying to stir panic over the plight of Sri Lankan civilians trapped in fighting between soldiers and Tamil rebels in a row over body bag orders placed by the group. The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said it had placed orders for 2,500 […]

Sri Lanka: 16 patients killed in hospital shelling

[AP] At least 16 patients being treated at a makeshift hospital in the northern Sri Lankan war zone were killed by shelling, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the military accused rebel fighters of killing 19 other civilians fleeing the area. The United Nations, meanwhile, said it was outraged by the “unnecessary” deaths of hundreds of […]