Over 1,500 cross over to cleared areas
*Troops rescue over 650
*Sri Lanka Navy frees over 300
*Green Ocean ship evacuates 528
Over 1,500 civilians who were forcibly held by the LTTE terrorists,
crossed over to the cleared areas yesterday.
Troops advancing further into the No Fire Zone amidst heavy
resistance by the LTTE, yesterday, rescued over 650 civilians while the
Sri Lanka Navy freed over 300 people who were fleeing the area by boats.
According to Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, 174 of
528 civilians evacuated by the Green Ocean ship yesterday were patients.
They were directed to the Indian mobile hospitals and Padaviya and
adjoining hospitals along with their bystanders. He said over 15
civilians who were fired at by the LTTE arrived in the cleared areas
yesterday. The seriously injured among them were airlifted to the
Anuradhapura General Hospital.
“Troops have detected that the LTTE is using heavy weapons to target
civilians living in the newly declared No Fire Zone. “LTTE cadres
started firing motars to the newly declared No Fire Zone from 9.00 a.m.
yesterday from time to time.
Our radar system has effectively detected that the LTTE has
positioned heavy weapons including motars in the area.” The LTTE’s
attempt to attack 58 Division troops were repulsed yesterday. “The
terrorists in three boats attacked the troops of 58 Division. Troops
repulsed the attacks causing heavy damages to their boats, Brigadier
He said three child soldiers between the ages of 16 and 17
surrendered to the Security Forces yesterday. These child soldiers were
deployed in the front line under the close supervision of senior LTTE
cadres. “However they managed to arrive in the cleared areas while the
senior LTTE cadres were asleep,” Brigadier Nanayakkara said.
These child soldiers have said that they were forcibly deployed to
man bunkers on the front line by the LTTE which is facing a severe
shortage of cadres.
Heavy fighting erupted when troops of 6 Gajaba Regiment, 5 Vijayabahu
Infantry Regiment, 1 Sri Lanka Light Infantry and 17 Gemunu Watch in a
concerted effort broke a number of defence lines of the LTTE terrorists.
The LTTE terrorists have laid land mines in the area to obstruct the
advancing Security Forces, sources said.