Mediawatch: U.N. aid chief warns of "bloodbath" on Sri Lanka's beaches

Published on 09 April 2009

As fresh reports come in of civilian deaths from shelling in the "no-fire zone" on Sri Lanka's northeastern coast - where the military has confined Tamil Tiger rebels - the U.N. aid chief has warned of a "bloodbath". In a commentary for Britain's Guardian newspaper, John Holmes, the U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, wrote on Wednesday that "a bloodbath on the beaches of northern Sri Lanka seems an increasingly real possibility". [...] Food from the U.N. World Food Programme has been delivered by ship to the no-fire zone with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), but the United Nations says this is only around a quarter of what is needed.

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