2ND LEAD

SLA attacks Ki'linochchi hospital, artillery barrage on town

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 October 2008, 14:47 GMT]
170 patients, including 60 warded inpatients with the staff of the Ki'linochchi hospital narrowly escaped Saturday evening an artillery attack launched by the Sri Lanka Army. One of the shells hit the hospital premises destroying the front wall. The buildings of the hospitals are intact, patients and the staff were still remaining inside the hospital premises, according to initial reports. At least five shells exploded in the close vicinity of the hospital. Many shells have hit the town, initial reports said.

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The wall near the entrance to the hospital destroyed in SLA shelling


SLA fired shells hit the hospital premises around 4:30 p.m. Saturday while the staff were attending a monthly meeting, according to the medial officials at the hospital. 110 patients came to the hospital for OPD treatment and 60 patients, including pregnanent mothers, were warded at the hospital including the patients admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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Patients continue to reside inside the hospital
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A shrapnel from an exploded shell in front of the hospitall

 

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