Shelling kills 378 civilians in ‘no-fire’ zone

(CNN) — Nearly 400 people were killed overnight Saturday by government shelling in what is supposed to be a “no-fire” zone of Sri Lanka, a humanitarian worker in the area told CNN on Sunday.

A photo supplied by a humanitarian group on Sunday shows civilians allegedly injured in government shelling.

A photo supplied by a humanitarian group on Sunday shows civilians allegedly injured in government shelling.

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Most of the roughly 378 dead are civilians, and another 1,200 were wounded, the aid worker said.

Video sent to CNN by the pro-Tamil rebel pressure group ACT Now appeared to show dead and wounded civilians. The group says the video was taken Sunday in the “no-fire” zone. Another humanitarian group also supplied photos of casualties to CNN.

CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of either the video or the photos. CNN is not naming the humanitarian sources in the conflict zone to protect their safety.

The government denies the assertion it shelled the “no-fire” zone, saying it is the Tamil Tiger rebels who have been killing civilians.

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