Four Killed In Savage Artillery Attack On Hospital

Place: Kilinochchi | Courtesy: TamilCanadian
| Date: 19970717

Sri Lanka's army has carried out a savage artillery raid on the Tamil hospital at Akkarayan (Kilinochchi) killing four civilians. The attack happened at 8.30pm on Tuesday. Sri Lankan troops based at Kilinochchi, Elephant Pass and Nedunkerni have been intensifying attacks on schools and hospitals of late. Artillery shells pierced through Akkarayan hospital's staff quarters killing a staff-member Antony Kanapathy (47), his father-in-law Raman (70), his wife Ketharny (43) and his son Umasankar (14).

The hospital's deputy health officer, Mahalingam Senthilnathan (40) is badly wounded together with four others: K. Vethakumar (25), A. Karuppan (56), K. Kirushanti (60) and Thavarasa Maheswari (29).

Some patients at this hospital have been evacuated to Mallavi hospital while the rest have had to be sent home for lack of facilities. Artillery shells are continuing to fall on the area and so Akkarayan hospital is unable to resume its services.