Hundreds of Tamils killed in mortar and artillery barrage

One doctor’s witness account of the bloodshed in Sri Lanka

More than 400 Tamils sheltering on a tiny coastal strip in Sri Lanka have been killed after two days of bombardment. A doctor working in the war zone told the BBC that at least 430 people had died but added that he had seen many more bodies lying around that have not been counted. He said the artillery fire appears to have come from Sri Lankan military positions. The Sri Lankan government blames the separatist Tamil Tiger guerillas for the firing. Reporters are not allowed near the conflict, making it impossible to verify either claim. Some 50,000 civilians are trapped with the Tamil Tigers who are making their last stand after more than two decades of war.

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