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DECEMBER 20, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 258

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Sri Lankan military says air force bombed Tamil Tiger weapons stockpile
Associated Press, Wed December 20, 2006 05:04 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force on Wednesday bombed a Tamil rebel weapons depot in the island's north, the Defense Ministry said, but the guerrillas called it a deliberate attack on civilians.

``Our air force has (destroyed) the targets which were the ammunition and weapons dump,'' military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. The location was also used by the rebels to assemble anti-personnel mines, he said.

No details were available on the damage inflicted by the airstrike.

The Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed the air raid, but said the target was a civilian settlement.

``Some houses were damaged and no casualties have been reported so far,'' the rebels said in an e-mailed statement to The Associated Press.

The rebels accused the government of attempts to disrupt a ceremony honoring Anton Balasingham, a rebel leader who died in London last week.

The funeral for Balasingham, who died Thursday at age 68, was scheduled to take place in London later Wednesday.
Published: Wed Dec 20 07:39:33 EST 2006


Sri Lanka accuses rebels of abducting at least 455 underage fighters this year
Associated Press, Wed December 20, 2006 06:28 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Wednesday accused Tamil Tiger rebels of abducting at least 455 underage boys and girls from government-controlled areas this year to be trained as combatants and asked the insurgents to stop the practice. The insurgents control a vast area of northeast Sri Lanka - where they have their own laws and run their own courts, police and administrative system.

Separately, the rebels attacked a military checkpoint in northwestern Sri Lanka - early Wednesday, killing a soldier before fleeing, Samarasinghe said.

``They threw a hand grenade and opened fire at the checkpoint in Mannar,'' Samarasinghe said.

The military has set up several checkpoints to protect a navy base in Mannar, about 220 kilometers (135 miles) northwest of the capital, Colombo.

The rebels accuse the majority Sinhalese of discrimination and want a separate homeland. The government says it can only offer limited autonomy.
Published: Wed Dec 20 07:38:52 EST 2006 Back to the top


Military says 1 soldier killed by Tamil rebels in northwest Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 19, 2006 22:47 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Separatist Tamil rebels attacked a military checkpoint in northwestern Sri Lanka - early Wednesday, killing a soldier before fleeing, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have died in violence in Sri Lanka - this year.

A 2002 cease-fire to end two decades of civil war in Sri Lanka - is all but defunct thanks to escalating violence in the country. Peace talks have failed over disagreements on the level of autonomy for Tamils in the areas where they make up a majority.

The rebels accuse the majority Sinhalese of discrimination and want a separate homeland for the 3.1 million ethnic Tamil minority. The government says it can only offer limited autonomy.
Published: Wed Dec 20 02:10:56 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka war refugees emerge to uncertain future
reliefweb.int, 20 Dec 2006 - 08:15 EDT. RIDITHENNA, Sri Lanka, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Some balancing bags on their heads, others with infants clamped to their breasts, all drenched to the bone, hundreds of Tamil refugees emerge from jungle in pouring rain at this transit camp in Sri Lanka's volatile east... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s President acquires property in Fort to build a ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 20 Dec 2006 - 11:45 EDT. December 20, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapakse has given notice to owners of prime property around his official residence, that their land would be acquired urgently to develop a Presidential Square... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebels free children amid recruitment 'mistake'
alertnet.org, Dec 19 . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Tuesday they had freed 23 teenage school children reported abducted overnight, and had suspended rebel fighters who recruited them without checking their age... Back to the top

War fears leading to exodus in Lanka
hindustantimes.com, 20 Dec 2006 - 07:55 EDT. Over 24,000 Tamils have fled the LTTE-controlled and war-affected Vaharai in the Eastern Sri Lankan district of Batticaloa fearing intensification of hostilities and are seeking shelter in the government-controlled parts of the district, the media reported on Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE Arms factory destroyed-Mulative
defence.lk, 20 Dec 2006 - 11:45 EDT. Sri Lanka Air Forces Kfir jets bombed at LTTE arms factory in Mulative this morning, Wednesday the 20th of December... Back to the top

LTTE kills two members of rival faction
teluguportal.net, 20 Dec 2006 - 07:55 EDT. Colombo, Dec 20 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels attacked an office of its breakaway group in the eastern part of the country and killed at least two rival members... Back to the top

- Set-back for Sri Lankan peace process
norwaypost.no, 20 Dec 2006 - 07:55 EDT. The death of the LTTE's chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham last week, is yet another set-back for the peace process in Sri Lanka, says former Norwegian peace envoy, Vidar Helgesen... Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors say parents of kidnapped Tamil teenagers had lodged complaint
Associated Press, Tue December 19, 2006 10:45 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers, mostly girls, while they were attending class ahead of annual examinations, the Sri Lankan military said Tuesday... Back to the top

A displaced Tamil child drinks milk in refugee camp in Ridithanna Batticaloa
reauters, 19 Dec 2006. A displaced Tamil child, who fled from rebel-controlled Vakari, drinks milk in a refugee camp in a government-controlled area in Ridithanna Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, December 19, 2006... Back to the top

15492 people so far fled from the LTTE controlled Vaharai
nmatnet.com, 19 December 2006 - 06:35 EDT. NMAT.Colombo 18th December 2007: People who were held against their wishes by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are continuing to flee from Vaharai into the Government controlled areas. Since 01 November, so far a total of 15 492 persons have managed give a slip to LTTE, fled from Vaharai and entered the Government controlled areas... Back to the top

Fears for refugees in Sri Lanka fighting
telegraph.co.uk, 1:57am GMT 20/12/2006. Sitting in her hospital bed, nursing an eight-month-old baby with a deep shrapnel wound in his left leg, the young Tamil woman is the forgotten face of Sri Lanka's increasingly violent ethnic war... Back to the top

Military says Tamil rebels kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers from eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 19, 2006 02:52 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels kidnapped 24 Tamil teenagers, mostly girls, while they were attending class ahead of annual examinations, the Sri Lankan military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tea strike called off
bbc.co.uk, Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 17:08 GMT . The main tea unions of Sri Lanka have called off a damaging two-week strike which officials say brought the industry to a virtual standstill... Back to the top

Fleeing Tamil refugees descibe being held by separatists as Sri Lanka shelled camps
Associated Press, Mon December 18, 2006 19:19 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - RIDITENNE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil civilians who crossed a jungle to escape heavy fighting described being held by force by Tamil separatists as the Sri Lankan government shelled rebel-controlled villages... Back to the top

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