Sri Lanka: Children Legitimate Targets in Fight With Rebels
The government of Sri Lanka is drawing international condemnation for declaring that children can be legitimate targets in its fight against Tamil Tiger rebels. The declaration followed a military strike Monday that the Tigers say killed at least sixty-one children and wounded dozens more. UNICEF has condemned the bombing and says it believes the victims were schoolchildren attending a first aid course. The military says the children were conscripted child soldiers. A Sri Lankan government spokesperson said: "If the children are terrorists, what can we do?"