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Latest satellite images reveals evidence of SL’s continuing use of heavy weaponry in ‘no fire safe zone’

May 13, 2009

Amnesty International : Satellite Imagery Offers Glimpse on Sri Lankan War Zone

New satellite imagery analysis released by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers a glimpse on Sri Lanka’s northeastern war zone. The analysis – initially requested by Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch – compares two images from May 6 and May 10, 2009, in order to produce additional evidence on the recent attacks. It “reveals evidence of probable artillery shelling as well as major population displacement”, according to a press release by AAAS. The images show numerous possible shell impact craters and destroyed houses. The most visible feature of the image comparison is the removal of thousands of likely IDP shelters from the central part of the so-called “Safe Zone” between May 6 and May 10. The image analysis shows several new possible shell craters primarily in the area of removed IDP structures.

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Human Rights Watch : Sri Lanka: Satellite Images, Witnesses Show Shelling Continues

UN Security Council Fails to Act While Civilians Suffer

New satellite imagery and eyewitness accounts contradict Sri Lankan government claims that its armed forces are no longer using heavy weapons in the densely populated conflict area in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today.

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