Fierce fighting in Vanni
[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Heavy fighting is reported in the forward areas of operation 'Jaya Sikirui'('Victory Assured' in Sinhalese), said reports from Vavuniya.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has mounted heavy resistance, said reports further.
Sri Lankan Army sources have also confirmed heavy fighting in the forward areas of 'Jaya Sikirui'.
However, no details of the latest fighting were available.
Operation 'Jaya Sikirui' ('Victory Assured' in Sinhalese) was launched on 13 May 1997, with the stated aim of opening a supply route to the SLA's Jaffna garrison, isolated by a broad swath of LTTE held territory.