ABOUT US CONTACT US PROGRAMMES
  Dy365 App Twitter Facebook YouTube
Guwahati
 
 
Sri Lanka keeps up offensive
Posted on: 19-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

the defence ministry said, ignoring mounting international appeals for a ceasefire.

The island's government accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of firing heavy artillery and mortars from an area it has designated as a civilian 'safe zone,' and that its troops were retaliating.

The United Nation says up to 100,000 civilians are trapped in the area in 'dire humanitarian conditions.'

'The LTTE terrorists continued mounting heavy artillery and mortar attacks from the no-fire zone at troops now advancing towards the general area of Vellamullivaikkal,' the defence ministry said.

It said at least eight rebels were killed and another nine wounded in fighting on Friday, but did not say if its troops suffered any casualties.

The latest fighting came as the UN renewed its call for a fresh ceasefire to allow civilians trapped in the conflict zone to get to safety.

'Unicef is calling for a ceasefire and for a humanitarian pause which allows humanitarian workers to access the conflict zone and for civilians who are trapped in this zone ... to be allowed to seek refuge in secured zones,' said Veronique Taveau, spokesman for the UN's agency for children.

Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, also called on the Tamil Tigers to 'immediately allow' civilians to move to safe areas.

'Those fleeing into government-controlled areas provide similar accounts of the dire humanitarian conditions prevalent inside the area. The situation has worsened due to the ongoing heavy rains and winds, with most families living in flooded areas under damaged tarpaulin tents and beneath trees,' he added.

The offensive is aimed at finishing off the last of the Tigers, who are facing defeat after 37 years of fighting for an independent Tamil homeland. -- AFP

 
 

»
Click here to watch the Live Stream. | High - BB / Droid
»
Click here to watch Live Stream on iPhone / iPad / iTouch. High| Beta
 
 
 
Dy365 in TATA SKY   Dy365 in Airtel   Dy365 in Dish Tv   Dy365 in Videocon   Dy365 in Big TV   Dy365 in ACC
Channel No : 1953
 
Channel No : 643
 
Channel No : 1529
 
Channel No : 849
 
Channel No : 784
 
Channel No : 003
 
 
 
News Sections
 
 
Others
 
 
Photo Gallery
 
 
 
   
     
2009-15 DY365, All rights reserved,
Privacy Policy,
Powered by Web.Com (India) Pvt. Ltd.