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Over 100 civilians 'slaughtered' by Sri Lanka rebels: gov't+
Associated Press, Sat August 5, 2006 07:42 EDT .

COLOMBO, Aug. 5 (Kyodo) Over 100 civilians including women and children have been ''slaughtered'' by Tamil Tiger rebels near the eastern town of Muttur where there was intense fighting in the last three days, the Defense Ministry said Saturday on its website.

According to the report, displaced families were fleeing the fighting in the government-held town when the Tigers blocked them at Pachchanoor on Friday night and killed over a 100 ''including women, youth and children.''

The information was attributed to ''many civilians who had eye-witnessed the incident while they were passing the location.''

According to the report, the victims had supported the security forces by supplying them with fish, vegetables and other homegrown produce before the fighting began.

It added that the Tigers suspected youth in and around Muttur of providing the security forces with information on the rebels' movements and deployments.

A military spokesman said the report was based on accounts by witnesses and that the army had not gone to the scene.

Meanwhile, the rebels said they had halted an offensive on Muttur on Saturday and were pulling back, a sign that conflict on the island may be easing off, according to Reuters news service.

The pull-back comes after days of shelling and mortar and artillery duels around Muttur, just south of the port city of Trincomalee.

Muttur was infiltrated by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels earlier this week and is now a ghost town, buildings badly damaged and riddled with bullet holes, according to the report.

''The offensive operation in Muttur has stopped and the LTTE is going back to its former positions in our own territory,'' a Tiger source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. ''There is no cease-fire yet.'' Discuss this story
Published: Sat Aug 5 11:43:56 EDT 2006

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Sri Lankan town deserted and devastated by battle
Reuters, August 5. MUTUR, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - After days of heavy fighting in this eastern town, jumpy Sri Lankan soldiers are almost the only signs of life on streets littered with fallen power lines, spent cartridges and dead animals.

Mutur has been abandoned by most of its people. Tamil Tiger rebels say they will halt an offensive and the army says violence is abating, but intermittent artillery and small-arms fire still echo across the town.

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Sri Lankan Troops Retake Northern Town
Associated Press, Sat August 5, 2006 10:58 EDT . RUWAN WEERAKOON - Associated Press Writer - MUTTUR, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers retook control of a key northeastern town Saturday after six days of fighting Tamil rebels there, and the military urged thousands of displaced civilians to return. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as the rebels are officially known, took up arms in 1983, claiming discrimination by the country's Sinhalese majority against Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million minority Tamils.

The war killed about 65,000 people before the cease-fire, which left parts of the north and east under rebel control.

Escalating violence has killed at least 900 people since December, half of them civilians.

The violence has spiked further over the past week. Six days of fighting in and around Trincomalee was sparked by the rebels' decision to cut water to government-held villages. The military responded with airstrikes and a ground assault. The dispute over the water supply remains unresolved.

Muttur, which lies on the edge of rebel territory, saw some of the fiercest fighting, and the military says some 11,000 people had fled the town over the past few days.

``I walked for two hours to get out,'' Mohamad Nazim, who left Muttur on Friday, said from a nearby town.

The Tamil Rehabilitation Organization relief agency said 10,000 families had taken shelter in churches, temples and schools in several villages outside Muttur. It appealed for immediate help.

Despite the lull in fighting, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other relief agencies said they were awaiting assurances from the government and rebels that they would be safe before going into Muttur.

Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, who arrived in Colombo on Friday to try to pull the two sides back from the brink of full-scale civil war, traveled to northern Sri Lanka - to meet with rebel officials.

He met with government leaders Friday. Details of the talks have not been made public.

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Published: Sat Aug 5 11:41:59 EDT 2006 Back to the top

LTTE quits Mutur, peace returns to Lanka, Colombo, August 5, 2006|21:30 IST. PK Balachandran Combat units of the LTTE quit the Eastern Sri Lankan Muslim town of Mutur at midnight on Friday, bringing to an end three days of military operations in which 40 Sri Lankan soldiers, 32 LTTE cadres and 40 civilians were killed, and 35,000 were displaced... Back to the top

Soldiers seize town captured by LTTE, Saturday, August 05, 2006 - 19:53 EDT. MUTTUR: Sri Lankan soldiers on Saturday said they re-established control over a northeastern town that had been the scene of fierce clashes in recent days, and urged the thousands of civilians displaced by the fighting to return... Back to the top

EXCLUSIVE - Sri Lanka rebels halt offensive - Tiger source
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Military claims total control of embattled northeastern town, wants people to resettle
Associated Press, Sat August 5, 2006 06:55 EDT . MUTTUR, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said on Saturday that it has taken control of an embattled northeastern town, and urged civilians displaced by six days of fighting between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels to return... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Troops Gain Control of Muttur, Kill 152 Rebels, New York, Aug 05 04:42. Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Government troops gained control over the embattled town of Muttur in northeastern Sri Lanka, killing at least 152 rebels, a Sri Lankan military spokesman said today.

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India should intervene to avert Civil War in Sri Lanka: NIA
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Sri Lanka military says it killed 35 rebels; Norway envoy travels to rebel stronghold
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UN appeals for cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka, Aug 5.. New York, Aug 5. (PTI): Voicing "deep concern" over the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka caught in the crossfire between Government troops and Tamil Tigers, the UN has sought an immediate cessation of hostilities and unimpeded access to humanitarian agencies to enable them to take care of thousands of people who have fled to escape the conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka struggling as Ntini rips through top order
Reuters, August 5. COLOMBO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - South Africa's Makhaya Ntini ripped through Sri Lanka's top order to leave the hosts struggling on 98 for five at lunch on the second day of the second test on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Battles Rebels as Displaced Flee
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South Africa bowlers still on top
Associated Press, Sat August 5, 2006 06:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Dale Steyn and Nicky Boje claimed a wicket apiece in the middle session Saturday after Makhaya Ntini's pre-lunch demolition of Sri Lanka - 's top order, setting South Africa on course for a first-innings lead in the second cricket test... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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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
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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

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