Saturday, May 16, 2009

10,000 escape from LTTE-held area: Army

B. Muralidhar Reddy
Tigers are now confined to approximately 1.5 sq km

(TH)FROM INSIDE WAR ZONE: At least 10,000 civilians trapped in and around the New Safety Zone (NSZ) under the occupation of the LTTE walked to freedom on Friday as the military after opening an escape route pushed the Tigers to an enclave of approximately 1.5 sq km along the Mullaithivu coast.

What began as a trickle on Wednesday night turned into a flood as civilians rushed into the government-controlled territory. The military is hopeful of overwhelming the remaining cadre and leaders of the Tigers in 24 to 36 hours and pave way for escape of the remaining civilians stranded in the war zone. Full text