Over 50,000 civilians have sought protection with security forces
amidst LTTE shelling and mortar attacks
The numbers of escapees from the government declared
No Fire Zone in Mullaittivu are swelling with an average of 1000
civilians daily received at the military outposts, defence observers
stated citing recent IDP reports received since 19th March till 23rd
March. A total of 6,158 civilians have escaped and sought protection
with Army and Navy, after undergoing unprecedented hardships and torture
with LTTE terrorists in the thin land strip of 17sq.kms. According to
defence estimations made, around 75,000 - 120,000 civilians are forcibly
trapped by LTTE and held hostage as human shield to prolong its probable
defeat since the fall of Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu townships.
Terrorists are now cornered in a 24sq.km land and in
the verge of facing its end-game in the 25 year odd prolonged fighting.
Over the years LTTE terrorists have killed, assassinated and mayhemed
civilians, politicians, diplomats and head of sates with use of world's
most ruthless tactics including suicide bombers, vehicle bombs, claymore
mine attacks and village massacres.
According to official reports provided by the Ministry
of Disaster Management and Human Rights, a total of around 51,099
civilians have sought protection with security forces including those
rescued by the Navy and Army since January, 2009 till 23rd March 2009.
These civilians have witnessed unprecedented torture and brutalism from
the LTTE and many of their relatives were said burnt alive or hacked to
death and hanged in posts for intimidation of others attempting to defy
LTTE terrorists have ignored constant calls made by
the Sri Lankan government and the International community for
disarmament and the release of innocent civilians held hostage.
According to independent observers, the LTTE's plan is to create a
bloodbath and call for international intervention.
The Ministry figures shows that there are over 48,756
civilians brought into safety and looked after in 24odd civilian welfare
centers located at Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mannar by the government and
security forces. Furthermore, over 2,929 patient evacuated from
Puthumathalan since 10th February, 2009 have received medical treatment
at 9 government hospitals at Vavuniya, Pulmoddai and Trincomalee.
The risk imposed on the innocent civilians is
alarming: people are been killed at pointblank range by LTTE terrorists
and others dragged from the makeshift shelters in the No Fire Zone and
never heard off. LTTE terrorists are also continuing with heavy
artillery shelling at the civilians the sources said citing civilian
Meanwhile, according to reports the Sri Lankan
Government and the WFP have sent over 1,265 MT of food and essential
items for civilians stranded in the non-liberated territory since 17th
February, 2009. Also, on 21st March, the Ministry of Health has sent 59
medicine and medical items to the non-liberated territory.