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MAY 30, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 55


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Violence in Sri Lanka killing civilians
UPI, May 30. UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (UPI) -- The United Nations says the terrorists responsible for the escalating violence against civilians in Sri Lanka must be brought to justice.

John Holmes, U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, says the surge in violence allegedly perpetrated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a group designated as a terrorist organization by many Western countries, must come to an end.

Holmes on Thursday condemned the recent bombings and other violence in which as many as 35 civilians have been killed and more than 100 have been injured over the last several weeks. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 30 22:51:06 EDT 2008

Jets pound LTTE positions, May 30, 2008. COLOMBO: A day after the LTTE struck at an Army post in the Jaffna Peninsula, the Air Force on Friday claimed it targeted “LTTE’s artillery and mortar launching platforms” at Kalmunai Point in the Poonaryn general area.

At least six civilians were killed as LTTE launched mortar attacks on Jaffna and nearby areas on Thursday. The military claimed at least 21 LTTE cadres were killed and 11 injured.

In a statement, the Defence Ministry said the Air Force hit the LTTE’s Forward Defence Lines (FDL) in the peninsula. “The targets were accurately hit, but the exact damages are yet to be ascertained,” it said. The Ministry said the LTTE used the targeted locations to launch artillery attacks. Apart from the civilian casualties, it said dozens of houses and a church More...
Published: Fri May 30 19:43:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Government forces capture Tamil rebel base
Associated Press, Fri May 30, 2008 05:48 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops have captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base in northern Sri Lanka - after three days of fighting that killed seven rebels and one soldier, the military said Friday.

Army troops captured the stronghold known as Munnagam Base on Thursday, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara. He said the base, located four miles north of the front lines in Welioya region, had been used by the guerrillas as an operational center.

He said the three-day battle to seize the base had killed seven rebels and one soldier. Five other soldiers were wounded.

Other fighting Thursday in the Mannar and Vavuniya regions near the rebels' de facto state in the north killed four rebels and wounded eight soldiers, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties while playing down its own.

Fighting has escalated in recent months along the war's front lines.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils who have suffered marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Fri May 30 07:59:31 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka warns Western sanctions can stoke ethnic conflict, may 30. WASHINGTON (AFP) — Sri Lanka called on Western powers Thursday to be wary of imposing sanctions for its alleged human rights violations, warning that the action could worsen the island's long-running ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lankan shares fall 5th day to 4-½ mth low, may 30. COLOMBO, May 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell for a fifth day on Thursday to their lowest close in nearly 4-½ months, weighed down by concerns a spike in fuel prices would accelerate inflation... Back to the top

Man who faked death pleads guilty to insurance scam
Tren News, May 30. A man who hid in Sri Lanka for more than 20 years after faking his death pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, leaving his family with 330,000 Singapore dollars (246,000 US dollars), dpa reported... Back to the top

Get your green pants here
Economist, May 30. AT A SPANKING new lingerie factory in Thulhiriya, a short drive from Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, senior managers wear T-shirts... Back to the top

AI Report
Amnesty International, 2008-05-29. 2007 was characterized by impunity for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law... Back to the top

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