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Monday, February 02, 2009

Ranga Sirilal, "Sri Lanka hospital shelled, at least 9 dead - ICRC," Reuters, February 2, 3009.

COLOMBO, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Artillery shells struck a hospital in Sri Lanka's northern war zone, killing at least nine people and wounding another 20, the Red Cross said on Monday.

  The military says it has a policy of zero civilian casualties.

The Sri Lankan military denied it had shelled the hospital in a Tamil Tiger-held part of Mullaittivu district and blamed the rebels. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam made no comment, but a pro-rebel website accused the military of the firing.

"At least nine people were killed and at least 20 injured from the continued shelling," said Sarasi Wijerathne, a spokeswoman of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Colombo.

She said the ICRC had urged both sides to allow safe passage for scores of sick and wounded people trapped in the conflict zone.

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