Sri Lanka military using "scorched earth policy" - LTTE
[TamilNet, Friday, 01 September 2006, 15:13 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army is deliberately razing Tamil villages to the
ground as part of its military offensive against the LTTE in Muthur
East region of Trincomalee. Through Norwegian facilitators, the LTTE
has condemned in the "strongest possible terms Sri Lanka's 'scorched
earth' policy of occupying Tamil civilian centers and rendering them
uninhabitable," the LTTE's military spokesman, I. Ilanthirayan, said
The SLA offensive, launched Monday, is being directed through
civilian settlements of the region, he said.
Sri Lanka's army says it is targeting LTTE camps and artillery bases,
justifying its offensive as necessary to safeguard the Trincomalee
More than 1,200 Tamil families have been evacuated to safety, Mr.
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has occupied and destroyed the Tamil
villages of Kaddaiparichchan, Senaiyoor, Kaneshapuram and Ambalnagar,
Mr. Ilanthirayan said.
The villages were bombarded with heavy artillery and multi-barrel
rocket launchers before ground troops occupied them, LTTE officials
in Sampur said.
Subsequently cultivated fields and livestock were destroyed, they added.
As thousands more Tamil civilians join the two hundred thousand
people displaced this year in Sri Lanka military air and artillery
bombardments and ground offensives, the Sri Lankan government is
deliberately compounding the displaced people's difficulties, they
"Sri Lanka's renewed military aggression has aggravated the deep
humanitarian crisis [in the region]," Mr. Ianthirayan said. "The Sri
Lankan military is maintaining a blockade on international and local
NGOs providing emergency supplies for the displaced."
A "scorched earth policy" is a military tactic which involves
destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing
through or withdrawing from an area.