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Patients moved out of war zone

February 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Fishermen helped Red Cross workers ferry about 240 patients from a shelled Sri Lankan hospital to a boat anchored off Putumattalan to evacuate them from the war zone, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

At least 16 patients being treated at the makeshift hospital in the northern war zone were killed by shelling Monday, the Red Cross said.

The United Nations said it was outraged by hundreds of "unnecessary" deaths in Tamil Tiger rebel territory and called on both sides to avoid fighting in civilian areas.

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