In yet another attack on civilian targets, the Sri Lankan army shelled a refugee camp in Tiger-held territory at Kathiraveli, near Batticaloa, killing as many as 50 civilians, who were fleeing the fighting. More than 100 civilians were injured in this attack. Red Cross members and European cease fire monitors are on the way to investigate this incident. London-based Amnesty International has described this attack by the Sri Lankan army as â€˜terribleâ€™ and has called for immediate investigation in to this incident and follow-up legal action against those who are responsible for this heinous crime.
Tamil Civilians had taken refuge in a school after fleeing from their homes nearby, when the Sri Lankan army attacked the school with Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers (MBRLâ€˜s). The actual number of casualties was difficult to verify, but the Red Cross said that its staff had seen 18 bodies and more than 50 wounded people at a local hospital. The Sri Lankan army has blamed that Tamil tiger rebels were using civilians as shields and added that it was not aware of any civilian causalities in the area.
More than 60 thousand people, most of them civilians, have died in the two-decade long Sri Lankan conflict, which seems to have no end in sight, with the recent peace talks in Switzerland between the two sides, ending abruptly without reaching any agreement.