The UN reports that the attack by Sri Lanka Army against the Tamil guerrillas over the weekend has caused a "bloodbath."
The troops have heavily bombed the tiny strip of land (about 2.5 square kilometers), in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Earth (LTTE), alongside some 150,000 civilians, are surrounded.
According to the UN spokeman, Gordon Weiss, "the mass murder of civilians, including more than 100 children this weekend, seems to confirm that the long feared bloodshed has become a reality".
The Tamil rebels are blaming the Government for the deaths, while the Ministry of Defense accuses the LTTE of attacking civilians in the area under their control to force an international intervention.
"They are bombing their own civilians with heavy weapons to put the blame on the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. In their calculation, they believe that this will lead other countries to launch a rescue operation" said the Sri Lankan Defense Minister.Read more »