NYT highlights satellite evidence of Sri Lanka's criminal culpability

[TamilNet, Friday, 15 May 2009, 01:33 GMT]
Reproducing satellite imagery and analysis produced by the Washington D.C. based American Association of Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), New York Times in the Thursday edition said the images "show dozens of structures that appear to have been destroyed between last Wednesday and Sunday, and multiple craters that appear to reflect the impact of heavy weaponry," pointing to AAAS analysis. During the said period, local workers reported heavy shelling by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) killing more than 1200 refugees.

Lars Bromley, Project Director at AAAS
Lars Bromley, Project Director at AAAS
"The association did not place blame for the possible bombardment in its report. But, Lars Bromley, a project director with the association, said that although artillery could be hidden, the preliminary analysis did not show big artillery pieces in the rebel-held zone," the NY Times article said.

"The government [of Sri Lanka] has denied shelling the area where an estimated 50,000 civilians remain trapped and said the rebels were behind the shelling, a claim widely disputed by human rights groups and foreign governments," the paper said adding its voice to the criminal culpability of the Sri Lankan State to indiscriminate bombing of unarmed civilians.

Safety Zone Satellite Map (Courtesy: NYT using AAAS Map)
Safety Zone Satellite Map (Courtesy: NYT using AAAS Map)


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External Links:
Wired: Rights Watchman Uses Satellite Photography to Monitor Abuse in Crisis Zones
AAAS: AAAS Analysis of Satellite Images Finds Hundreds of Structures Damaged in South Ossetia Fighting
NYTimes: Satellite Map showing shelling damage inside Safety Zone
NYTimes: Sri Lanka Attacks Said to Kill Dozens in Hospital
HRW: Sri Lanka: Satellite Images, Witnesses Show Shelling Continues
AAAS: AAAS Report: Satellite imagery and conflict in Sri Lanka

 

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