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* Sri Lanka Army says Tigers blocked ICRC and UN transferring patients to government hospitals
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 19:23 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 27, Colombo: The local staff of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations attempting to move patients from hospitals in LTTE controlled areas were turned away by the LTTE this afternoon, the military said.

According to defence officials, the ICRC and UN officials who went to Puthukkudyiruppu hospital to bring some three hundred patients to the government hospital in Vavuniya hospital met with heavy Tiger resistance and came back empty handed.

The aid workers with patients in sixteen ambulances, seven World Food Programme (WFP) trucks and one another vehicle were held at the LTTE roadblock for hours and finally had to return without the patients.

The security forces have sent three doctors, twelve nurses and eight attendants on those vehicles from Vavuniya to Army’s front line at Puthukkudyiruppu expecting to receive the patients.

The local ICRC and UN staff is planning to take the matter up with their headquarters overseas, the Army said.

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