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Sri Lankan military says it killed 21 rebels in separate attacks
Associated Press, Sun November 26, 2006 04:52 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops killed 21 Tamil rebels in separate clashes in the east, the military said Sunday, as government forces and the guerrillas exchanged mortar and artillery fire. The government controls the main towns of the Jaffna peninsula, considered the heartland of Sri Lanka - 's minority ethnic Tamils, while the Tigers operate from the area's villages and jungles.

Fighting along the same line since August has left hundreds of combatants dead in some of the bloodiest clashes since the government and rebels signed a 2002 cease-fire that temporarily halted two decades of civil war.

On Saturday, the military said its warplanes attacked a camp housing Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bombers in the country's north. The rebels dismissed the claim.

The camp was located at Iranamadu, near the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, Rajapakse said. The camp suffered ``heavy damage.''

Rebels denied that any camp was attacked, but said that two air force planes bombed a jungle area in Iranamadu, and that no casualties were reported.

Rebel spokesman Daya Master said the government's airstrikes were meant to spread fear among the Tamil people and disrupt ``Martyrs' Day'' celebrations on Monday.

Many fear that near-daily attacks and killings will drive Sri Lanka - back to full-scale war, although the government and Tigers say they are committed to the 2002 truce.

The truce had reduced the violence for some time, but since last December more than 3,200 fighters and civilians have been killed in escalating airstrikes, mine attacks, assassinations and heavy arms fire.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for minority ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka - 's north and east, citing discrimination by the Sinhalese majority. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 26 09:52:39 EST 2006

1000 kg bombs on the road to Vakara to prevent food supplies to civilians in uncleared areas
relief web, November 27, 2006. BATTICALOA: AS MANY INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL organizations in BATTICALOA are taking measures to carry food items in a large convoy of over seventy five vehicles to the uncleared VAKARAI area, it had been revealed that the tigers during the last few days had laid heavy mines on nodal points and bottle necks on the road to prevent them being carried to the uncleared areas. The decision to organize a large food convoy to VAKARAI area was taken after a discussion held on day before yesterday (24) at BATTICALOA by representatives of various international and local organizations who are concerned of these besieged civilians. More...
Published: Sun Nov 26 22:04:18 EST 2006 Back to the top

LTTE celebrates `Hero s Day today, Sunday, Nov 26, 2006 - 22:40 EDT. COLOMBO: All attention in the island nation would be focused on the so-called `Hero's Day' annual speech of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran scheduled to be delivered on Monday. The speech is a policy statement of the Tamil Tigers for the year and on Sunday Mr. Prabhakaran turned 52. The 2006 speech has evoked interest as last year Mr. Prabhakaran had described the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had just assumed office as a `pragmatic leader' and said his organisation was prepared to wait for a year to enable Mr. Rajapaksa work out a `reasonable political solution' to the ethnic conflict. "This is our urgent and final appeal. If the new government rejects our urgent appeal, we will, next year... esta More...
Published: Sun Nov 26 22:41:54 EST 2006 Back to the top

Toronto Schools revoke permissions for LTTE's Heroes Day Events
Roy Edwards from Toronto, November 27. LTTE's annual Heroes day events scheduled to take place in 5 different locations in Toronto were cancelled after authorities of schools and churches where the gatherings were scheduled revoked permission granted for the events... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops, rebels exchange artillery, mortar fire
Associated Press, November 26. BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger separatists exchanged mortar and artillery fire Sunday, the military said, a day after air force planes bombed rebel territory... Back to the top

Top Tamil guerilla leader honors fallen rebels, opponents stone his image
Associated Press, Sun November 26, 2006 08:56 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Tamil Tigers' reclusive leader led commemorative events for fallen guerrillas in Sri Lanka's rebel-held north, as his opponents on Sunday threw stones and tomatoes at his portrait in the Sinhalese-majority south... Back to the top

Thousands of people protest Sri Lankan president's visit to India
Associated Press, Sun November 26, 2006 08:18 EST . They also accused Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse of depriving Tamils of food and other necessities in the rebel-controlled territories in Sri Lanka - 's north and east, the Press Trust of India news agency said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready for consensus to resolve civil war, Sunday, Nov 26, 2006 - 09:55 EDT. DEHRADUN, India, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is ready to resolve its bloody civil conflict through a national consensus involving all political parties and separatist Tamil rebels, President Mahinda Rajapakse said on Sunday... Back to the top

India for 'maximum devolution' in Sri Lanka
ians, November 26. India is pressing Sri Lanka to give 'maximum devolution' to the Tamils as President Mahinda Rajapakse embarks on his second visit to this country in a year... Back to the top

Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives in India, November 24. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in New Delhi on Saturday on a four-day visit during which he will hold talks with PM Manmohan Singh on the country's ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Military: Tamil Tiger suicide camp bombed in northern Sri Lanka ; rebels deny claim
Associated Press, Sat November 25, 2006 10:23 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan warplanes on Saturday attacked a camp housing Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bombers in the country's north, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebels’ Critic Silenced by Bullet
NY Times, November 26. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The killer asked for “Keteshwaran,” the man’s battle name from his years in the Tamil militant movement... Back to the top

Lanka fears 5,000 affected with Chikungunya, 11/26/2006. COLOMBO • Sri Lanka has confirmed an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya viral fever, a top health official said yesterday... Back to the top

Lankan crisis irks Tamil Nadu
Dawn, November 24. Sri Lanka’s 23-year-old history of war left the country’s political leaders and its people exhausted but it has also created worries for Lanka’s immediate neighbour, India, especially Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

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