LTTE says Sri Lanka army base at Yakachi nearly overun
The LTTE said in a statement issued from its London office Thursday,
20, that the Sri Lanka Army base at Yakachchi is "on the verge of
collapse." The claim by the Tigers comes in the wake of a multi-pronged
assault in which several peripheral camps according to the rebels were
The LTTE in its statement says, "Yakachchi military base, the last
protecting the Elephant Pass Camp, is on the verge of collapse as the
combat formations of the Liberation Tigers mounted a massive,
assault and over-ran several mini-camps and defense positions on the
periphery of this giant complex today."
"A large number of Sri Lankan troops were killed and injured as the
Yakachchi continued ferociously all day. Dark black clouds enveloped the
above the base complex as huge ammunition dumps exploded after being hit
by the heavy artillery and mortar fire from the LTTE positions."
The LTTE maintains that heavy fighting continues in the area which was
isolated and surrounded by the Tigers when the rebels overran Massar and
Soranpattu areas yesterday and cut off the main supply links with the
of the peninsula including the rail tracks and gravel lanes.
Military spokeman Brigadier Palitha Fernando denied that government
lost 4 kilometeres on the A9 to the rebels yesterday. The battle which
began in the afternoon on Tuesday the 18th, entered its third day today.
Meanwhile the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have
complained that Sri Lankan troops Thursday prevented the relief
organization from supplying medicines to health clinics in the Vanni.
complaint comes in the wake of the Medicines sans Frontier (MSF) who
days ago also made a similar complaint claiming that government troops
preventing much needed drugs from reaching the sick in the Vanni.
all civilians in the Vanni rely on ICRC supplies.