SRI LANKA: Civilian death toll rises as fighting continues

[IRIN] As Sri Lankan government troops close in on the rebel Tamil Tigers, the UN has reported a rising number of civilian deaths in the northern battle zone. At least 52 people were killed in shelling in Suranthapuram village in the northeastern district of Mullaitivu when the area came under 16 hours of heavy shelling, […]

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Hospital shelled in Sri Lanka conflict

[CNN] Artillery shells slammed into a hospital Sunday in the northern Sri Lankan district of Mullaitivu, where civilians — including a growing number of children — are being treated as government forces and Tamil rebels continue to clash. More than 200 civilians and at least 30 children have been injured in the last three days […]

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UN urges safety of civilians as Sri Lanka presses for victory

[AFP] Red Cross officials were negotiating Saturday to evacuate more wounded from the conflict zone in Sri Lanka’s embattled north as the island’s military kept up its push to crush Tamil separatist rebels. “We are negotiating with both parties (the government and the rebels) to the conflict to ensure safe passage for many more patients […]

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S Lanka army in ghost ‘Tiger’ town

[ BBC ] Heavy monsoon rains were falling as we approached the outskirts of Mullaitivu in a Sri Lankan armoured personnel carrier. “We had to fight here for one week or so,” said Colonel Arun Aryasinghe, as he showed us a huge earthen defence line constructed by the Tamil Tigers. “It was a very hard […]

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Civilians ‘killed’ in Sri Lanka

[BBC] Medical staff in Sri Lanka say at least 18 civilians have been killed as the military continues its offensive on the northern bases of Tamil Tiger rebels. Hospital officials said the number killed in fighting around Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu could be much higher. The military said Mullaitivu – the last major rebel stronghold – […]

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Fears grow for trapped civilians as army advances on Tamil Tigers

[Guardian] International concern is intensifying over the fate of around 350,000 civilians trapped in a rapidly shrinking rebel-controlled pocket of land in Sri Lanka‘s north east, as the military steps up its campaign to end the civil war by crushing the Tamil Tiger forces. The Sri Lankan army this week announced that it had seized […]

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Army pressures Tamil Tiger base

[BBC] Heavy fighting is reported around the sole remaining Tamil Tiger stronghold of Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka as the army presses ahead with its offensive. The defence ministry said troops had captured one “administration base” with jets bombing jungle hideouts. Rebel sources have not commented on the claim, but say civilians have been wounded by […]

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Sri Lanka navy says blows up Tamil Tiger weapons ship

[Reuters] Sri Lankan navy boats destroyed a Tamil Tiger weapons-smuggling ship on Saturday and four other small rebel boats in an attack that killed at least 20 fighters, the navy spokesman said. The ship, approximately 40 metres long (130 feet), was spotted in international waters steaming toward the only sizeable port the separatist Liberation Tigers […]

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Behind the muzzled: voices from a troubed Sri Lanka

[ Telegraph ] I want to return to Sri Lanka today where, while the world focuses on the fallout from Mumbai, SL government forces are reportedly closing in on the key rebel strongholds of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. It now seems that, in the name of ‘national interest’ and ‘war spirit’ Sri Lanka’s government has effectively […]

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Flash Floods in Northern parts of Sri Lanka

[ IASC ] Due to heavy rains over the past few days parts of the Northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu have been affected by floods. A coordination meeting will take place on Friday 28 November with the GA Jaffna to assess the current situation and decide on next steps. 5,136 families […]

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