Friday, May 15, 2009

Signs of giving up: Destroy assets, Tiger leaders order

by Shamindra Ferdinando

(TI)Amidst mounting international pressure to call an immediate halt to Sri Lanka’s successful war against the LTTE, now in its last phase, the army yesterday advanced further into the LTTE-held territory to trigger a fresh exodus of civilians.

Civilians had crossed the Nanthikandal lagoon to reach the area held by the 59 Division now operating north of Mullaitivu as the 58 and 53 Divisions engaged the LTTE in the no fire zone. By last evening the army had cleared about 3,000 civilians while hundreds more awaited screening before being allowed into welfare centres. Full text