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AAAS Satellite Image Analysis Points to New Graves, Shelling, and Human Displacement in Sri Lanka

August 14, 2009

AAAS – AAAS Satellite Image Analysis Points to New Graves, Shelling, and Human Displacement in Sri Lanka

Beside a green lagoon on Sri Lanka’s northeastern coast, on a sandy spit of land less than 8 miles long, violence reportedly erupted 9-10 May as military soldiers clashed with rebel Tamil Tigers.

Now, a detailed AAAS assessment of high-resolution satellite images seems to confirm descriptions of intense fighting within Sri Lanka’s “no-fire zone”—revealing a landscape scarred by freshly dug graves and artillery explosions.

[PHOTOGRAPH] 6 May 2009: numerous probable internally displaced persons structures [Image © 2009 DigitalGlobe]

By 6 May 2009, numberous probable internally displaced persons structures are present in this image, along with a graveyard (outlined in red), containing an estimated 195 burials.

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Images © 2009 DigitalGlobe.

 

 

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