ICRC evacuates 400 seriously wounded civilians via sea from Vanni

[TamilNet, Monday, 16 February 2009, 23:56 GMT]
The ICRC evacuated Monday more than 400 seriously wounded civilians in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) artillery barrage from Puthumaaththa'lan in Mullaiththeevu district. This is the third batch of transport through sea of seriously wounded civilians who have been waiting for further treatment at higher hospitals, according to the local staff of the ICRC. The ICRC services in Vanni are carried out by its local staff as the organisation was forced to withdraw its foreign staff from Vanni as Government of Sri Lanka did not provide necessary security guarantees for foreign nationals of the ICRC.

ICRC sea transport of wounded
A wounded patient being taken to a boat by ICRC personnel
ICRC sea transport of wounded
Local ICRC personnel facilitating the transport of the wounded to the ship
ICRC sea transport of wounded
Wounded children being taken in boats to the ship anchored off the seas of Mullaiththeevu


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