The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 10, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 126

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Troops feared dead as S.Lanka ammo dump explodes
reuters.com, Thu Aug 10, 2006. Many troops battling Tamil Tiger rebels in east Sri Lanka were feared dead or wounded on Thursday after an ammunition dump at an army camp apparently accidentally exploded, military sources said.

"We fired artillery all day. Maybe one of the guns overheated and accidentally blew up," said one source. "The dump exploded. We expect lots of casualties and deaths." More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 10 13:19:12 EDT 2006


Heavy fighting breaks out in Sri Lanka , more than 50 civilians dead, rebels say
Associated Press, Thu August 10, 2006 05:26 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan military attacked Tamil Tiger rebels from land and air Thursday and the rebels retaliated in heavy fighting that killed at least 13 combatants, officials said. A Nordic cease-fire monitor warned the situation was worsening.

A senior rebel official, Seevarathnam Puleedevan, said at least 50 civilians had been killed and 200 injured in the government military operation, but a military spokesman said he was unaware of any civilian casualties.

Puleedevan appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help evacuate civilian casualties, saying there weren't enough facilities locally available there to treat them. But ICRC official Davide Vignati said the organization had yet to receive an official request from either side.

At least six government soldiers were killed and 49 wounded and admitted to hospital, a doctor said. A Tiger spokesman, Rasiah Ilanthirayan, said seven rebels had died and 15 others were wounded.

``It is a warlike situation, our forces are retaliating with artillery fire and direct gun fire,'' Ilanthirayan said.

``The situation is worsening,'' said Robert Nilsson, a member of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. ``Hopefully there will be a change of heart, this has already gone too far.''

The fighting centered around a key reservoir and canal in Trincomalee district, which in recent weeks has seen some of the worst fighting since the country's 2002 cease-fire, with estimates of the number of combatants and civilians killed ranging from about 100 to 300.

Dr. B.G.M. Costa, a hospital doctor in Kantale, a town in the area, said the bodies of five soldiers had been brought in and 35 others were wounded. Two with critical injuries were flown to Colombo.

Military spokesman Maj. Upali Rajapakse said he was not aware of any civilian casualties, but said the rebels were ``known for using civilians as human shields and they place their gun positions around civilian villages.''

``The Sri Lankan army does not target civilians,'' he said.

The rebels closed sluice gates at the reservoir on July 20, cutting water to over 60,000 people living in government-controlled villages, after accusing the government of reneging on a pledge to boost water in rebel-held areas.

The rebels announced on Tuesday that they were reopening the gates, saying that heavy attacks on rebel areas by army troops were hurting civilians, and the military said Wednesday that it had reclaimed control of the waterway.

But the government resumed shelling the area around the reservoir the same day, saying it needed to clear the area of rebels so they would not be able to block the water supply again.

``From dawn today, the Sri Lankan army has launched a full-fledged offensive operation against our territories involving thousands of troops, heavy guns and bombardment,'' rebel spokesman Ilanthirayan said.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million Tamils, accusing the 14 million Sinhalese majority of discrimination.

The 2002 cease-fire put a temporary halt to the bloodshed, but the truce has nearly collapsed in recent months. Renewed fighting has killed more than 900 people _ half of them civilians _ since December, the cease-fire monitors say.

____ Associated Press writer Dilip Ganguly in Colombo contributed to this report.
Published: Thu Aug 10 08:54:12 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Heavy clashes erupt at Mavil Aru
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 10, 2006, 12.00 p.m.. Heavy fighting was reported between Sri Lanka's security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels early morning today (10), after Tiger cadres attempted to fire showers of mortars at troops facilitating the supply of water through the Mavil Aru Anicut, which was reopened only yesterday.

Troops retaliated with mortars. Security Forces suffered few injuries and the wounded were evacuated to Kantale hospital immediately. 'Operation Water shed' continues, the Media Centre for National Security said. No immediate details were available of the LTTE casualties. Discuss this story
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Minority Rights Group International demands Government and LTTE to make a greater commitment to safeguard minority rights
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'Low intensity war in Sri Lanka' - SLMM
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Sri Lanka conflict - Malteser International and FC Bayern Munich ...
alertnet.org, Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 19:00 EDT. Cologne/Colombo. Malteser International and FC Bayern Munich temporarily stop their program "Reconciliation thanks to football" in the district of Trincomalee due to the esca-lating violence in the north-east of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Anti-LTTE party sets terms for joining govt
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LEAD: Gov't attacks in Sri Lanka 's east kill over 45 civilians: rebels+
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More heavy fighting in Sri Lanka
bbc.co.uk, Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. The Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels have resumed heavy fighting in the area of a disputed waterway in the north-eastern district of Trincomalee... Back to the top

The cost of Sri Lanka s water war
bbc.co.uk, Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. After two weeks of intense fighting, water finally began flowing again this week in the Maavilaru waterway in eastern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Precision bombing helped Lankan army capture dam
hindustantimes.com, Colombo, August 9, 2006|12:05 IST. PK Balachandran Precision bombing by the Sri Lankan Air Force paved the way for ground troops to capture the Mavil Aaru dam from the LTTE on Tuesday, the government Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwela told Hindustan Times... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu s decision to send back Sri Lankan police officers ...
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U.N. aid chief demands independent investigation into Sri Lankan relief workers' slaying
Associated Press, Thu August 10, 2006 09:19 EDT . GENEVA (AP) The United Nations' top humanitarian official on Friday demanded an independent investigation into the slaying of 17 international aid agency workers in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks at reviving sovereign bond issue : CB Governor
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Govt refuses to reconsider ban on LTTE
indiatimes.com, 10 july. CHENNAI: National security adviser M K Narayanan on Wednesday said the Centre would not reconsider the ban imposed on the LTTE and that there would be no direct intervention in the Sri Lankan crisis... Back to the top

Muslim Aid condemns violence in Sri Lanka, at least 35,000 Muslims reportedly displaced
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Tamil rebels, Sri Lankan military both claim control of disputed reservoir
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Breakaway Sri Lanka rebels set sights on elections
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LTTE a dangerous organisation: Narayanan
hindustantimes.com, August 9, 2006. There is no change in India's policy on Sri Lanka and on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), National Security Advisor MK Narayanan said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting rages on after rebels end blockade
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Sri Lankan government says soldiers have reopened disputed canal
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Roadside bomb kills 5 in rebel-held areas, say pro-rebel Web-site
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Sri Lankan patriots want UNICEF to impose 'severe' embargo on LTTE
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 9, 2006, 12.44 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Patriots organization based in the United States has initiated a petition demanding the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) take immediate action against the LTTE owing to the organization's scant regard shown upon children's rights and their security... Back to the top

Lankan Govt promises to stop take over of Apollo
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NRC condemns killings of aid workers in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka rebels end water siege
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Sri Lanka s postal service looks to financial service for solace ...
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