SLA, SLAF intensify offensive targeting safety zone
[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 April 2009, 03:21 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) intensified its offensive targeting to bifurcate so-called saftey zone Thursday at 6:50 a.m. with fire support provided by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopter gunships attempting to break the defensive bunds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) for the fourth day. The SLA and the SLAF were deploying maximum fire power in the fighting. SLAF bombers began attacking the bunds at 7:40 a.m. Civilian settlements in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal were being targeted by long-range artillery and cannons.
Civilian zone has been turned into a war zone by the indiscriminate barrage and firing by the SLA that has been continuously deploying artillery, heavy mortars, 40 mm cannons, Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers and 50 Calibre machine guns to attack the civilian areas.
Civilians in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal area remain under bunkers continuously for second day. There are civilian casualties. Details are yet to emerge.