UNSC concerned over fighting in Sri Lanka

Published on 24 April 2009

Since the government began its military offensive in mid-January, available reports suggest 5,000 civilians, including at least 500 children, have died, and 10,000 have been injured, according to the ICG. As with civilian casualties, there is a matter of dispute about how many civilians have fled the NFZ since media and international aid agencies have been barred access. The U.N. World Food Program says that given population movements, it is hard to be precise, but about 30,000 to 40,000 people reportedly have fled the NFZ to government controlled camps, where movement is restricted and it can take up to six weeks to see a doctor, according to Nimmi Gowrinathan, director of South Asia programs for Operation USA.

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