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Evidence of SL govt’s continuing use of heavy weaponry

April 28, 2009

Guardian – Fighting rages in Sri Lanka despite pledge to shelve heavy weapons

AP – Shelling reported in Sri Lankan war zone

Hindustan Times – Sri Lanka army launches airstrikes: Tamil rebels

Sky – Tamils Accuse Army Of Shelling Civilians



“The SL Armed Forces continue to shell and bomb the civilians in the so-called ‘safe zone’ / ‘no fire zone’ in contradiction of statements to the international media by the Government of Sri Lanka on 27 April 2009 (today) that they would no longer use ariel bombardment or heavy artillery.”
Laurence Christy, Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation, Head of Field Office, ‘Safe Zone’, 27 April 2009

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  1. fastuntoactionaust permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:00 pm

    18.30 hrs
    27 April 2009
    Mullivaikal, Mullaitivu

    ALL OUT ATTACK ON ‘SAFE ZONE’ – HEAVY WEAPON USAGE CONTINUES DESPITE

    At 3:45 am, 27 April 2009 the Sri Lanka Armed Forces commenced their attack on the so called ‘safe zone’ with heavy land based artillery shelling followed by ariel bombardment and shelling from off-shore ships.

    The SL Armed Forces continue to shell and bomb the civilians in the so-called ‘safe zone’ / ‘no fire zone’ in contradiction of statements to the international media by the Government of Sri Lanka on 27 April 2009 (today) that they would no longer use ariel bombardment or heavy artillery.

    The fact of the matter is that government spokespersons have been denying that they were using these weapons for the past one month. How is it that they are stopping the usage of weapons that they had previously stated there were not using anyway?

    So far today there are reports of 500 civilian casualties with approximately 100 of those having died or are dying due to a lack of treatment. The true numbers are likely to be higher, but due to the continuous shelling from the direction of Puthukudiyiruppu, Ianaipalai and Oddusuddan and aerial bombardment by the K-FIR jets, which re-started at 15.00 – 16.00, on two of the sorties “delay bombs” were dropped in the Rattai Vaikal area, it is difficult for TRO volunteers and medical staff to collect the injured and dying.

    The shells are still raining down on us as these words are being written in a bunker in the so called ‘safe zone’. The government is keeping the eyes of the world off of the genocide they are committing here. Will it be too late for the Tamil civilians when the world finally awakes to the atrocity that they allowed the Government of Sri Lanka to commit in their “war on terror” while they international community willfully looked the other way. Is this President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton’s Rwanda or Srebrenica?

    We, the civilians in the ‘safe zone, implore the international community and the Tamil Diaspora to push the government of Sri Lanka to enter into a cease fire. The government has silenced our voice, we have no voice, you must be our voice.

    Laurence Christy
    Head of Field Office
    ‘Safe zone’ / ‘no fire zone’
    Mullivaikal, Mullaitivu

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