Thousands displaced as fighting rages in the north

Place: Jaffna | Courtesy: Sunday Observer
| Date: 20000402

More than ten-thousand civilians have been displaced from the areas of Thenmarachi east and Vadamarachi following fierce fighting between the LTTE and the armed forces in the north of Elephant Pass, reports from Jaffna said.

Civilians had to leave their homes as a result of severe shellings across the sea and land during the past one week. Hundreds of them have been injured and are being treated at the Jaffna and the Manthikai hospitals in the north, reports said.

Around twenty welfare centres have been set up in the peninsula to shelter the displaced civilians. Jaffna Government Agent K. Shunmuganathan has made arrangements to issue dry rations and cooked meals for the displaced civilians. Officials in Jaffna said that the number of refugees is likely to increase as fighting rages with more LTTE cadres infiltrating into the areas north of Elephant Pass.

According to reports, the LTTE and the armed forces are using long range missiles and artillery guns to attack each other resulting in massive destruction of the area.

Courtesy: Sunday Observer - 02 April, 2000