x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Children killed in Sri Lanka 'bloodbath'

UN says more than 100 children were among large numbers of Tamil civilians killed during weekend fighting.

More than 100 children were among a large number of Tamil civilians killed in a weekend "bloodbath" in Sri Lanka, the United Nations' spokesman in Colombo, Gordon Weiss, said today. He said the UN had been warning of a bloodbath as tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped in a narrow patch of coastline where the Tamil Tigers are fighting to hold back a massive military assault. "The large scale killing of civilians, including the death of more than 100 children, over the weekend shows that the bloodbath scenario has become a reality," Mr Weiss said.

*AFP