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Tamil rebels fire at 4 military camps in east, 2 Tamils killed in north
Associated Press, Sat November 11, 2006 22:58 EST . DILIP GANGULY

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's civil strife left two more ethnic Tamil civilians shot dead, and Tamil Tiger rebels separately fired artillery at four military camps, officials and rebels said Sunday.

Near-daily attacks and killings are rising in the country, though both sides say a 2002 cease-fire _ which had halted its two decades of civil war _ is still in place.

``They (the Tigers) used artillery and fired at our camps in Batticaloa'' late Saturday, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. Batticaloa is a city in eastern Sri Lanka.

Samarasinghe said the military retaliated, but it was not immediately known if the insurgents suffered any casualties. The military camps have bunkers where soldiers take refuge from artillery fire.

In a separate incident over the weekend, unidentified assailants fatally shot Tamil civilians Alaharsamy Saravanakumar and Jesudas Sabaratnam, both 35, in the northern city of Jaffna, the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported.

The motive behind the shootings was not immediately known.

Two other Tamil civilians had been killed on Friday in Jaffna and the northern town of Vavuniya following the assassination the same day of Nadaraja Raviraj, a member of the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance political party, as he left his house in the capital, Colombo.

His bodyguard was also killed in the incident.

Reclusive Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran honored the slain lawmaker with the tile ``Great Human Being,'' awarded posthumously to prominent people who support the rebels' cause.

``A great soul who carried the ideal of the liberation of our homeland as a burning flame in his heart has been made a victim of the Sinhala oppression,'' Prabhakaran said Saturday in a statement posted on rebels' main Web site.

He was referring to Sri Lanka's ethnic Sinhalese majority, who dominate the government and armed forces. The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 in a bid to carve out a separate homeland in the country's north and east for the minority Tamils, citing discrimination. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 12 00:15:21 EST 2006

Ready to airlift body of slain MP: Sri Lanka
hindu, November 12. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Government on Sunday said it was ready to airlift the body of slain Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj to enable family members perform funeral rites in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna on Wednesday.

A statement put out by the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said the Government had `turned down' for `security reasons' the request made by the TNA and family members of Raviraj to briefly open the Muhamalai checkpoint on the A-9 highway for transportation of the body.

Defence Spokesman and Minister Kheliya Ramubkwella said all facilities had been provided to airlift members of the family, relatives, colleagues as well as friends to Jaffna. It is immediately not known whether the family has agreed to the suggestion. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 12 14:51:53 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka often seems at war _ but opposing sides won't admit it
Associated Press, Sat November 11, 2006 12:53 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force bombers roar through the sky, rebels attack navy ships and thousands of people are dead in violence. On many days, it seems Sri Lanka - is embroiled again in all-out war but neither side will acknowledge it. ``This is definitely a war, but they do not want to say that fearing international opinion,'' said Premachandran. Others, however, say Sri Lanka - can't be described as fully back to war, compared to past periods.

``Yes, there are obvious indications'' of a return to full-scale war, said retired Air Marshall Harry Goonetilleke. ``But both sides know that a new full-scale war will mean huge destruction and massive loss of people.''

Jehan Perera of the independent think tank, the National Peace Council, said neither side has the manpower for a full-scale war.

``I think this is a battle of attrition and through which the hope is that one side will collapse or break up because of the pressure,'' he said.

The 2006 defense allocation of $892 million had little set aside for new weaponry, and the government's need for new bombs and mortars has strained the local economy.

The rebels draw their funds from an estimated 800,000 Tamil expatriates, including many who fled the country after 1983 anti-Tamil riots that saw the beginning of the civil war.

Goonetilleke, the defense analyst, said the apparent semantic game over whether Sri Lanka - is technically at war stems from an unusual clause in the 2002 cease-fire agreement, which he says includes demands that either side give a 14-day notice before abrogating the truce.

``No notice no open war,'' he said. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 11 23:36:22 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka security situation worsens, November 12. Colombo, Nov. 12 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka's security situation continued to deteriorate after the failed Geneva talks between the government and the rebel Tamil Tigers as clashes continued and more people being killed. The government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held talks on October 28-29 in Geneva to honour the Norwegian-brokered truce and find peaceful solution to the country's ethnic conflict that killed more than 64,000 from the mid-1980s to 2002... Back to the top

LTTE smells danger in getting food aid from India, Sunday November 12, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. The LTTE has smelt danger to its vital interests in the Sri Lankan government's plan to bring food from India to Jaffna to mitigate the severe food shortage there... Back to the top

Group threatens attacks on Sri Lanka civilians, 11 nov. COLOMBO, Nov 11 (Reuters) - A suspected front for Tamil Tiger rebels vowed on Saturday to kill majority Sinhalese civilians in southern Sri Lanka in retaliation for the army bombing of a refugee camp this week that killed dozens of minority Tamils... Back to the top

WITNESS-Waking up paralysed in Sri Lanka s war zone, Sunday November 12, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. AYLESBURY, England, Nov 12 (Reuters) - When I came round, I thought I was lying on a corpse... Back to the top

Slain TNA MP gets highest LTTE award, Saturday November 11, 2006 - 09:05 EDT. The LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran on Friday conferred on the slain Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Nadarajah Raviraj, the highest award of his organisation - "Maamanithar" or "Great Man... Back to the top

Prominent Tamil politician killed in Sri Lankan capital; two more Tamils killed
Associated Press, Sat November 11, 2006 01:28 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two Tamils were killed by unidentified gunmen in separate incidents in Sri Lanka - 's north, the rebels and the military said Saturday, in fresh attacks that came after the assassination of a prominent Tamil politician... Back to the top

Slain Sri Lanka law makerís final words
com, Sunday November 11, 2006 - 09:20- EDT. Following is the complete text of the last live programme Mr... Back to the top

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