Jaffna Tears for Innocents as Hospital Targeted for Fifth Time
(04 Feb 09 - RV) The United States and Britain today urged a ceasefire in Sri Lanka
to evacuate casualties and allow relief into the war zone. At least 52 civilians
were killed overnight by shelling in the northern war zone of Mullathaivu in Jaffna
, while a crowded hospital was hit for the fifth time in a week.
casualties came as the island state today celebrated 61 years of independence from
former colonial ruler Britain.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who presided over
a military parade in the capital, Colombo, hailed the military's recent push for victory
against what he described as "the most powerful terrorist organisation in the world".
spoke to Bishop Thomas Savundranayagam of the diocese of Jaffna where the war is currently
being waged. He says there is no cause for celebration among the people of his diocese: