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Thousands of Muslims flee fierce fighting in Sri Lanka, Friday, August 04, 2006 - 22:40 EDT. Tens of thousands of civilians were fleeing their homes as fighting spread in Sri Lanka. Many walked for miles through minefields and jungle to escape the fighting, abandoning their homes to the fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels. They had to brave rockets and mortar fire while carrying their children and a few possessions with them. At least five were killed when they were hit by artillery fire, according to a local political party. The Norwegian envoy who is the chief mediator between the government and the Tigers, Jon Hanssen-Bauer, was in Sri Lanka to try to prevent a return to full-scale civil war. But residents of the town where most of the fighting has been, Muttur, had given up hope for a ceasefire. Aid workers believe between 20,000 and 30,000 people had been More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 22:40:51 EDT 2006
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Sri Lanka fighting claims more lives, Friday, August 04, 2006 - 12:40 EDT. More civilians have been killed in clashes between Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan army bringing the death toll to 28 over the last two days, miltary officials have said.

Five more civilians and two soldiers were killed on Friday in artillery fire in the northeastern town of Muttur.

While shelling continued, thousands of Muslims have been fleeing the city of Muttur, south of the port city of Trincomalee, a Tamil stronghold, since fighting broke out last Wednesday.

"We just got information that they have started moving. According to information in Mutur, everyone will leave - that's 6,000-7,000 families," said Yvonne Dunton, head of the Trincomalee office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Published: Fri Aug 4 12:38:02 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Carnegie Hero Fund inspires bravery awards in Sri Lanka, Aug 4. PITTSBURGH - Kasun Chandraratne's dream began 15 years ago when he bought a used issue of Reader's Digest on a Sri Lankan street.

Reading a story of a 9-year-old Idaho girl who saved her father after a horse-riding accident, Chandraratne thought selfless acts of bravery needed to be recognized in his island nation in the grips of a bloody civil war.

So he sought counsel, help and inspiration from one organization with plenty of experience in honoring acts of civilian heroism - the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Since 1904, the Pittsburgh-based group has given out $28.7 million in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance to 9,012 people in the U.S. and Canada.

Chandraratne, 58, now an appellate attorney, created the Foundation for Civilian Bravery in Sri Lanka with advisory, but no monetary, help from the Carnegie Hero Fund.

"They were the inspirational element," Chandraratne said in a telephone interview from his home in Panadura, Sri Lanka, about 20 miles south of the capital, Colombo.

Hero Fund Commission Executive Director Walter F. Rutkowski sent Chandraratne the Pittsburgh group's bylaws, awards certificates, annual reports, deed of trust, news releases and other printed material.

Published: Fri Aug 4 15:28:43 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka needs more foreign monitors-rights group, Friday, August 04, 2006 - 22:40 EDT. NEW YORK (Reuters) - More international monitors are needed in Sri Lanka, a U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: UNHCR concerned about the safety of civilians, Friday, August 04, 2006 - 12:40 EDT. In Sri Lanka, we are deeply concerned about the safety of civilians caught in the middle of the fighting between the government forces and fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), particularly in the Trincomalee District in the northeast of the country... Back to the top

Norway envoy arrives for fresh peace bid as violence rages in northeast Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu August 3, 2006 22:58 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian envoy arrived in Sri Lanka - on Friday to try to prevent a resumption of full-scale civil war after a sharp escalation in clashes between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Welthungerhilfe: Situation in Sri Lanka continues to escalate ..., Friday, August 04, 2006 - 12:40 EDT. Bonn/Colombo, 4.8.2006. According to Welthungerhilfe sources, the continuous fighting between government troops and the separatist rebel movement, the LTTE, around the town of Muttur in the north-east of Sri Lanka has left at least 100 people injured and many dead... Back to the top

Strikes on Makeshift Shelters Kill 17 in Sri Lanka
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, 3rd Aug, 2006. By SHIMALI SENANAYAKE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, NYT =97 At least 17 civilians were killed Thursday when shells hit four schools being used as shelters on the fourth day of clashes between Sri Lankan security forces and rebels in the eastern part of the country... Back to the top

Humanitarian disaster looming in Sri Lanka, Friday, August 04, 5006 - 12:40 EDT. Colombo, Aug. 4 (PTI): Concerned over a looming humanitarian disaster in Sri Lanka's northeast, international relief agencies today sought opening of a corridor to send urgently-required supplies to thousands trapped in a town where fierce fighting has left at least 22 civilians dead. Major aid agencies here made a joint appeal for a "humanitarian corridor" to ensure safe passage of civilians, aid workers and relief items to ease the suffering of the mainly Muslim population of Trincomalee's Muttur town, caught in the crossfire between security forces and Tamil tigers... Back to the top

Deadly arsenals dot Sri Lanka, Aug 5, 2006. By Richard M Bennett Both sides in Sri Lanka's civil war are preparing for what is likely to be a bloody and prolonged resumption of the conflict... Back to the top

Five Muslim civilians dead in artillery fire in northeast Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 4, 2006 07:15 EDT . TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Artillery fire hit civilians fleeing the fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in northeast Sri Lanka - Friday, killing five, a lawmaker said... Back to the top

20 Muslims killed in Lanka clashes
Dawn, Aug 04, 2006 - 07:51 EDT. At least 20 Muslims fleeing the fighting raging in the east of the country between the government military and the Tamil Tiger rebels were killed on Thursday and 20 more injured when artillery fell into two Muslim schools serving as temporary refugee camps for the war displaced... Back to the top

Thousands of refugees stranded in Sri Lanka 's northeast
Associated Press, Fri August 4, 2006 04:46 EDT . RUWAN WEERAKOON - Associated Press Writer - TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of civilians have been trapped by fighting in Sri Lanka - 's northeast, and the most desperate among them have started walking through the forests to escape the battles, a Red Cross official said Friday... Back to the top

Muralitharan takes five wickets; South Africa 361 all out
Associated Press, Fri August 4, 2006 09:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan claimed his 55th five-wicket haul in test cricket as Sri Lanka - dismissed South Africa for 361 on day one of the second test... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebels attack army camps, peace envoy on way, 4 aug. TRINCOMALEE - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers attacked army camps and exchanged artillery and mortar fire with troops on Friday, as a Norwegian peace envoy flew to the island in a bid to halt a slide back to civil war... Back to the top

ANALYSIS - Sri Lanka war to deepen before any new peace talks, 4 aug. COLOMBO (Reuters) - As Sri Lanka slides deeper into a new chapter of a two-decade civil war, fresh peace talks are a distant prospect until either the Tamil Tiger rebels or the military gain the upper hand, analysts say... Back to the top

The latest fighting in north-eastern Sri Lanka began as a dispute ..., Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 16:45 EDT. The latest fighting in north-eastern Sri Lanka began as a dispute over water supplies in the district of Trincomalee... Back to the top

Tamil rebels say they prepare to hand over 40 bodies of government soldiers
Associated Press, Thu August 3, 2006 09:56 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil rebels said Thursday they are preparing to hand over the bodies of 40 Sri Lankan soldiers killed in heavy fighting in the northeast, a pro-rebel Web site said... Back to the top

Strengthen truce with LTTE: Indian Govt to Colombo, Aug 3. New Delhi, Aug 03: India has conveyed to Sri Lanka that any escalation of violence in that country will undermine the ceasefire reached with LTTE and urged it to make all possible efforts to revive the political dialogue to move the peace process forward, Rajya Sabha was informed today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka again at precipice of civil war, 4 aug. NEW DELHI -- Edging closer toward all-out war, Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels traded fierce gunfire and artillery strikes yesterday, killing 20 civilians and injuring dozens of others who had sought shelter inside a mosque and a school The battle for the town of Muttur, in northeastern Sri Lanka, sparked some of the fiercest clashes between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam since ground battles erupted last week... Back to the top

UN chief concerned about mounting violence in Sri Lanka, August 04, 2006. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was very concerned about the increasing violence in Sri Lanka and the escalation that had resulted from a water dispute in the northeast, a UN spokesman said Thursday in a press briefing... Back to the top

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