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Colombo steps up bombardment on Vanni

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 December 2008 10:59 No Comment]

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers attacked Saturday a coastal area in Mullaiththeevu where thousands ofl civilians, recently displaced, had established temporary shelters. The bombers dropped eight bombs on fishing huts and boats, lighting up the stretch using para lights, causing panic among the refugees and the fishermen engaged in fishing at 4:55 a.m. The bombers arrived again at 5:35 to bomb the area with 8 eight more bombs, targeting the temporary shelters of refugees. The SLAF bombers attacked Mullaiththeevu and Ki’linochchi five times within four hours in the morning. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) launched an artillery barrage from all the frontiers of Vanni from 4:20 a.m. till 5:50 a.m.

Several houses and huts were destroyed in the artillery barrage in Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna district, Vaddakkachchi, Paranthan, Umaiyaa’lpuram and Iyakkachchi in Ki’linochchi district, and Mu’l'liyava’lai, Vattaappazhai and Oddichuddaan in Mullaiththeevu district.

The SLAF bombers targeted houses in Ki’linochchi town four times at 7:00 a.m. and the shelters of recently displaced in Vaddakkachchi – Ir’nai madu border thrice at 8:00 a.m.

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