Civilians desert LTTE:
Final influx massive
A huge influx of civilians once again started to flow into the
military controlled areas as Security Forces were ready laying siege on
the remaining Tiger controlled areas yesterday whilst ground troops
uncovered huge stocks of arms and ammunition of the LTTE from the areas
they captured, military officials told the Daily News yesterday.
As of yesterday evening more than 15,000 civilians have arrived in
military controlled areas from Friday morning.
More than 10,000 civilians arrived by evening yesterday in the 53
division area after ground troops advanced further southward of the
Vellamullivaikkal area whilst more than 1000 civilians arrived in the 59
Division area crossing the Nanthikadal lagoon, military officials added.
“Civilians are arriving in thousands into the 53 Division area along
the A-35 road and troops temporarily suspended their military operations
to facilitate their arrival by yesterday afternoon,” a senior military
According to sources from the battleground, LTTE cadres have been
trapped in a tiny area outside south of Vellamullivaikkal and explosions
were heard continuously from the area giving strong indications that
they were destroying their arms and ammunition to prevent them being
captured by the troops.
“The Security Forces once again lay siege on the LTTE terrain
surrounding the remaining Tiger leaders inside as the 58 Division and
the 59 Division were poised to marry up in the Mullaitivu sea front by
yesterday evening,” the official added.
During their advance into the Mullaitvu front the 58 Division has
recovered the biggest ever arms and ammunition stock they have ever
recovered within a 24 hour period, a senior military official added.
Seventy two 60 mm mortars, 36 Indian made Rocket Launchers , two anti
aircraft pedal guns, one 12.7 mm machine gun, a Marine Radar, 12 suicide
boats were among the recoveries. “Thousands of sea mines and huge stocks
of arms and ammunitions which were being counted by the troops for hours
were recovered on Friday”, the official added.
Three female Sea Tiger cadres were captured whilst recovering 40
Tiger bodies during the operations conducted yesterday.
Ground troops launched a massive attack on the LTTE cadres who tried
to stop the troops’ advance into the area inflicting heavy damages to
According to military officials the next 24 hours will be very
crucial as many Tiger leaders have given up hopes of their survival
sending their family members along with civilians fleeing towards the
military controlled areas.
Many of the Maha Veer families and Tiger cadres have also started to
abandon Tiger held areas as they have realised that there is no escape