The United Nations refugee agency said it is deeply concerned about the safety of the more than 250,000 displaced people in northern Sri Lanka after reports of security incidents inside the camps where they are taking shelter.
The most recent incident took place on September 26, in the Menik Farm camp, in the district of Vavuniya, when security forces reportedly attempted to stop a group of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from moving between two zones of the camp.
This angered the IDPs who subsequently attacked the sentries, according to a news release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Security personnel then reportedly opened fire to disperse the mob. Several people are said to have been injured, including a child who was hit by a stray bullet and is now paralyzed. There are also reports of several people being detained following the disturbance.
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