Overnight battle for Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The LTTE attempted an amphibious attack arriving in a flotilla of gunboats. Government troops drove them off, supported by artillery and aerial bombing.
According to a military spokesperson, Major Rajapakse, the army killed at least 98 Tamil Tigers and wounded twice as many. The army suffered 6 killed and 60 wounded.
"The situation has calmed down now after heavy fighting till early this morning," Rajapakse said.
The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is an ongoing conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils on the island-nation of Sri Lanka. Since the 1983 "Black July" pogrom, there has been on-and-off civil war, mostly between the government and the LTTE who want to create an independent state of called Tamil Eelam in the north and east of the island. It is estimated that the war has left 65,000 people dead since 1983 and caused great harm to the population and economy of the country. A cease-fire was declared in 2002, but hostilities renewed in late 2005 following military operations against Tiger-controlled territory in the east.
- "Tamil Tigers say Sri Lanka's government bombed orphanage" — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
- "Colombo land mine explosion kills seven" — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
- Peter Apps. "Tigers attack in Sri Lanka north" — , August 17, 2006
- "Sri Lanka troops 'kill 75 rebels'" — , August 17, 2006
- "Tamil Tiger rebels launch new attack" — , August 17, 2006
- Anusha Ondaatjie and Paul Tighe. "Sri Lanka Army Repulses Tamil Rebel's Jaffna Attack" — , August 17, 2006 (See Notes)
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