Many Sri Lankan Tamils giving up on country

[AP] The assailants broke in after the fighting between ethnic rebels and the military erupted again into full-scale war, storming through his family’s home and calling his name. Thanabalasingham Surendran, a member of Sri Lanka’s Tamil ethnic minority, fled to the capital, Colombo. But unknown “messengers from military intelligence” kept calling and demanding extortion money. […]

Tamil MPs say Sri Lanka ignoring civilian safety

[Associated Press] The pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance political party said it had managed to compile a list of the civilians killed using the Tamil media, witness accounts and reports from medical authorities in the war zone. According to its count, more than 2,000 civilians were killed since December and more than 4,500 were wounded, said […]

Official: 40 civilians die daily in Sri Lanka war

[AP] Artillery shelling and gunbattles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels are killing about 40 civilians every day and wounding more than 100 others inside Sri Lanka’s war zone, the top health official in the region said Friday. Aid groups have estimated more than 200,000 civilians were trapped in a tiny strip of land […]

Sri Lanka: 16 patients killed in hospital shelling

[AP] At least 16 patients being treated at a makeshift hospital in the northern Sri Lankan war zone were killed by shelling, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the military accused rebel fighters of killing 19 other civilians fleeing the area. The United Nations, meanwhile, said it was outraged by the “unnecessary” deaths of hundreds of […]