Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French education: Reinventing the idea of school

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Frogs legs and brains? The French food hard to stomach

Read more

#TECH 24

Station F: Putting Paris on the global tech map

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Davos 2017: 'I believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the boardroom: French law requires large firms to have 40% women on boards

Read more

FASHION

Men's fashion: Winter 2017/2018 collections shake up gender barriers

Read more

ENCORE!

Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan speaks out about her time behind bars

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Threat of economic crisis still looms in Zimbabwe

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

DAVOS 2017: Has the bubble burst?

Read more

Asia-pacific

Red Cross claims worker killed in shelling

Latest update : 2009-05-13

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced on Wednesday that a local Red Cross worker and his mother were killed in shelling in northeast Sri Lanka. The organisation did not say who was responsible for the attack.

AFP - A local Red Cross worker was killed Wednesday in renewed shelling of Tamil Tiger-held territory in northeast Sri Lanka, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
   
"One of our male employees and his mother were killed this afternoon, they were hit by a shell," said the ICRC's spokeswoman in Colombo, Sarasi Wijeratne.
   
The organisation did not say who was responsible for the attack.
   
The Tamil Tiger rebels, however, accused government forces of carrying out fresh artillery and mortar attacks, claiming that 38 women were killed on Wednesday when a mental health facility was hit.
   
Sri Lankan authorities have fiercely denied they are using heavy weapons to strike the small area held by the rebels and packed with tens of thousands of civilians.
   
A local doctor contacted by AFP said he could only confirm that a medical facility in the rebel-held area had been hit, but gave no casualty figures.
   
"Two shells fell on the hospital compound today," T. Varatharajah, a doctor working at a make-shift hospital at Mullivaikal said by telephone. "There are lots of casualties, but I don't have the numbers yet."
   
The same hospital was hit on Tuesday and some 47 people were killed, according to the rebels.

Date created : 2009-05-13

COMMENT(S)