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Sri Lanka Denies ‘War Crimes’ Claim

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9 May 09 | AJE

The Sri Lankan military has dismissed claims by a leading human rights group that it has repeatedly attacked hospitals in the country’s northern Vanni region during fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, Sri Lanka’s military spokesman, told Al Jazeera that the allegations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) were “wrong”.

“There are no government hospitals in that location; there are only makeshift hospitals. We have not attacked any of the hospitals,” he said on Saturday.

“All of the people who are putting out these reports have gone wrong … The military conducted rescue operations. We used only small arms. There was no shelling of those areas.

“All those organisations … have made a lot of allegations saying that the army bombed hospitals. But when we moved in, we proved that no [bombing] had taken place,” he said. >>>

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9 May 2009 at 1:31 pm

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