‘Civilians die’ in S Lanka battle

[BBC] The UN in Sri Lanka says dozens of civilians have been killed or injured in fighting between troops and rebels in the north-east in the past few days. Senior UN spokesman Gordon Weiss told the BBC shells exploded very close to civilian areas in Mullaitivu district. Mr Weiss said: “The shells landed on the […]

Civilians ‘trapped’ in Tiger battle

[Al Jazeera] At least 67 civilians have been killed as Sri Lankan government troops push further into rebel Tamil Tiger territory, according to local health workers. Doctors claim around 30 people were killed on Thursday alone, after soldiers shelled a village and makeshift hospital in a government-declared “safe zone” on the edge of rebel-held territory […]

In Sri Lanka, Fear of Being ‘Disappeared’

[Washington Post] Under a recent military offensive to wipe out those rebels, government forces have abducted hundreds of members of the Tamil minority group, including civilians, according to human rights groups. Many of the “disappeared” never turn up again. Rights activists say Sri Lanka’s growing ties with Iran, China and Russia have emboldened the government […]