Thursday, November 20, 2008

Convoy streamlined at Omanthai: loading completed

A convoy with essential items and food to people in the non-liberated areas were streamlined at the Omanthai Entry/Exit point today (Nov 20).

The convoy consisting 44 lorries of the WFP and 20 other government lorries including 6 oil bowsers have completed loading and streamlined with essential stocks to be dispatched to the Mullaittivu and Kilinochchi districts.

Meanwhile, refuting LTTE propaganda allegations officials at Omanthai confirmed that 3 ambulances from non-liberated Mullaittivu district have crossed over to Vavuniya yesterday, while 18 corpses of terrorists were also sent to LTTE through the ICRC at Omanthai.

The government has maintained continuous supply of essential items, food and medicine to the Wanni districts with coordination of the ICRC and UN despite abortive attempts made by the LTTE, a military official at Omanthai said.

On 16th October 2008, LTTE terrorists launched an indiscriminate artillery and heavy mortar attack at a UN food convoy consisting of 50 lorries at Puliyankulama, along the A-9 trunk road. According to officials at Omanthai, LTTE terrorists have continuously attempted to restrict flow of essentials to the Wanni people in its attempt to draw a humanitarian catastrophe in the region.