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AUGUST 18, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 134

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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Humanitarian crisis looms large in the Jaffna peninsula
hindu, august 19. COLOMBO: With curfew in force for the eighth successive day and no end in sight to the fighting between the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE, a humanitarian crisis seems looming large in the Jaffna peninsula.

Because of the intensity of the fighting, all routes to the peninsula are closed. Air operations are suspended and the sea traffic has come to a standstill. Food stocks and medical supplies are fast running out.

Alarmed over the developing situation, the Government of Sri Lanka is believed to have approached India for supply of relief goods. "We have approached India for supply of goods from Chennai," Sri Lankan Government spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told The Hindu . However, sources in the Indian mission said they are not aware of such a request. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 18 22:20:00 EDT 2006


Sri Lanka force attacks boat yard
CNN.COM, Friday, August 04, 2006 - 22:40 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan air force planes destroyed a rebel boat-making yard in the north in overnight strikes, the military has said. The attack on the boat yard in Thalayadi, at the southern end of Jaffna Peninsula, also killed a number of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the Media Center for National Security said Saturday. Air Force Group Cap. Ajantha Silva said Friday that the rebels had been reinforcing their front defense line, the de facto border that separates rebel and government-held territory in the north. Rebel officials were not immediately available to comment. More...
Published: Fri Aug 18 23:40:49 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Aid workers demand help for thousands as air raids continue in Sri Lanka
New Straits Times, Friday, August 04, 2006 - 22:40 EDT. Government warplanes have attacked Tamil Tiger targets in northern Sri Lanka as aid workers demanded access to tens of thousands marooned by a week of fierce fighting that left 500 dead. Government troops used a brief respite in heavy battles to consolidate defensive lines in the northern Jaffna peninsula as the UN tried to deliver food and water to some of the worst-hit parts. The UN said Friday that more than 41,000 people -- about a tenth of the population on the peninsula -- were believed to have fled their homes and warned that supplies in the area had reached "alarmingly low levels". The defence ministry said Friday air strikes continued on targets in the northern rebel-held territory of Kilinochchi and near the eastern port town of Trincomalee. Jaffna remained cut off from the rest of the island with the main access road shut owing to heavy fighting that erupted a week ago along the de facto front line in the peninsula. Military sources said 100 guerrillas, seven soldiers and two officers were killed in clashes Thursday at Kilali on the peninsula. It brought the week-long death total of rebels fighting More...
Published: Fri Aug 18 23:44:32 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lankan government launches air strikes on Jaffna, promises aid
Associated Press, Fri August 18, 2006 09:32 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force on Friday launched fresh airstrikes on rebel positions in the north, an official said, even as the government promised to send aid to the hundreds of thousands cut off there by the fighting... Back to the top

Delhi in dilemma as Lankan crisis escalates
Peninsula, August 19. New Delhi • India finds itself in a bind vis-a-vis Sri Lanka’s collapsing peace process, unable to prevent the outbreak of another war that is bound to have major strategic, diplomatic and political fallouts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka returns to war
The Japan Times, Friday August 18, 2006 - 23:40 EDT. Mesmerized by the situation in Lebanon, the world has paid little heed as Sri Lanka's ceasefire has disintegrated and the country slips back into war... Back to the top

Not an orphanage but an LTTE training camp: Colombo
The Hindu, Friday Agust 18, 2006 - 18:20 EDT. `The structure is not orphanage but an LTTE training camp' - `The LTTE has a known track record of recruiting underage combatants' `It ruthlessly exploits the human suffering brought about by its acts of terrorism' - COLOMBO: The Government of Sri Lanka, responding to the resolution pertaining to Sri Lanka adopted by the State Assembly of Tamil Nadu on August 17 , stated that the reports that formed the basis of assertions in the resolution were "totally fabricated... Back to the top

LTTE counting on child soldiers, Sri Lanka army commander charges
Associated Press, Fri August 18, 2006 09:51 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 18 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are losing the ongoing battle in the northern Jaffna Peninsula and are depending on child soldiers, Lt. Gen... Back to the top

Aid workers say ongoing violence in Sri Lanka threatens relief work
Associated Press, Fri August 18, 2006 02:48 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting in Sri Lanka - is preventing the delivery of much-needed aid to tens of thousands of people displaced in the north and east by clashes between government soldiers and rebels, British relief workers said Friday... Back to the top

Amnesty International Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Civilians in Sri Lanka
AI, August 18. (Washington, DC) -- Amnesty International is alarmed that escalating fighting in Sri Lanka has resulted in the death and injury of scores of civilians, the displacement of more than 160,000 people, and the destruction of homes, schools, and places of worship... Back to the top

Sri Lanka searches for answers
CricInfo, August 18, 2006. Driving to work today in Colombo - without, sadly, traffic-free roads, armed commandos and bullet-proof windows - I passed the Nepalese football team en route to practice... Back to the top

Sri Lanka economy booms despite bombs and bloodshed
afp/yahoo, august 18. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka is expected to record its highest annual economic growth in 28 years despite escalating violence in the decades-old separatist conflict, analysts said... Back to the top

Aid workers demand help for thousands as air raids continue in Sri Lanka
NEW straits news, Friday, August 18, 2006 - 11:47 EDT. Government warplanes have attacked Tamil Tiger targets in northern Sri Lanka as aid workers demanded access to tens of thousands marooned by a week of fierce fighting that left 500 dead... Back to the top

ACT News Update, Sri Lanka: ACT members in Sri Lanka call for free access of aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance
Reuters, Friday, August 18, 2006 - 11:47 EDT. ACT members in Sri Lanka call for free access of aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance Geneva, August 18, 2006--Several members of Action by Churches Together (ACT) International working in Sri Lanka in response to the December 26, 2004, tsunami today called on the parties involved in recent violence to guarantee the access of all humanitarian agencies to people wounded and displaced by the current hostilities and to allow post-tsunami reconstruction work to continue... Back to the top

EU calls for immediate end to violence in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu August 17, 2006 20:08 EDT . JARI TANNER - Associated Press Writer - HELSINKI, Finland (AP) The European Union has called on the Sri Lanka - government and Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately stop hostilities that are threatening the peace process... Back to the top

Week of fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 700 rebels, 106 troops, military says
Associated Press, Thu August 17, 2006 04:29 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka - has claimed the lives of at least 700 rebels and 106 soldiers in less than a week, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

US flies in special envoy to push for truce in Lanka
Hindustan Times, Thursday, August 17 2006 - 17:06 EDT. The United States on Thursday sent a special envoy to Colombo to ask the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table... Back to the top

Fighting going on in Sri Lanka, opposition calls for political solution
People's Daily Online, Thursday, August 17 2006 - 08:26 EDT. The Sri Lankan Army claimed Thursday that the on-going fighting in the north inflicted heavy damage on the Tamil Tiger rebels, as the main opposition party called for a political solution to end fighting... Back to the top

U.S., EU, call for end to Sri Lankan fighting, as death toll mounts
Associated Press, Thu August 17, 2006 22:01 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The European Union and a U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka slams ICC security consultant after South Africa abondons cricket tri-series
Associated Press, Thu August 17, 2006 05:45 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's cricket chief slammed ICC security consultants Thursday for failing to visit his country to assess arrangements before submitting a critical report that led to South Africa abandoning a tri-series tournament... Back to the top

South Asian athletes make light of security threat in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu August 17, 2006 09:55 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two thousand athletes from South Asian nations have arrived in Sri Lanka - for the 10th edition of the biannual South Asian Games, making light of security concerns that saw South Africa's cricketers abandon a tri-series cricket tournament this week... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu assembly condemns Sri Lanka killings
Yahoo! India News, Thursday, August 17 2006 - 10:45 EDT. Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu assembly Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the killing of 61 school girls in Sri Lanka's north by air force jets apparently targeting the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Ceasefire monitors flee heavy shelling in Sri Lanka
Yahoo News, Thursday, August 17 2006 - 08:37 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Ceasefire monitors in eastern Sri Lanka were forced to flee after they were nearly hit by heavy shelling in clashes between Tamil Tiger rebels and security forces, an official said... Back to the top

100,000 trapped in Jaffna fighting
Dawn, By Our Correspondent JAFFNA, Aug 16. The Tamil Tigers claimed on Wednesday they had hit a radio tower at a military air base in Jaffna... Back to the top

Tigers attack in Sri Lanka north
Reuters, Thursday, August 17 2006 - 08:21 EDT. By Peter Apps

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels launched a new attack overnight on the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula, the army said on Thursday, as a U... Back to the top


Pro-war monks scuffle with anti-war demonstrators in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Thu August 17, 2006 08:00 EDT . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE - Associated Press Writer - A member of Sri Lanka - 's parliament was addressing the crowd when the monks climbed on stage... Back to the top

Cricketers finally get to start Sri Lanka -India series
Associated Press, Fri August 18, 2006 03:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - and India will Friday start a three-match cricket series, replacing the tri-series limited-overs tournament that was canceled after South Africa pulled out citing security concerns... Back to the top

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