250,000 trapped in Sri Lanka massacre
Sri Lanka is facing a humanitarian crisis in the north where hundreds of people have been killed and about 250,000 are trapped by heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Tuesday.
“People are being caught in the crossfire, hospitals and ambulances have been hit by shelling and several aid workers have been injured while evacuating the wounded,” Jacques de Maio, the ICRC’s head of operations for South Asia, said in a statement.
The ICRC appealed to both sides to respect the laws of war and allow civilians to leave the combat zone.
“When the dust settles, we may see countless victims and a terrible humanitarian situation, unless civilians are protected and international humanitarian law is respected in all circumstances,” he added.
Soldiers were fighting to capture 30 kilometers (18 miles) of seafront, the only territory still controlled by the ethnic separatist group.