Elephant Pass "under seige"

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 December 1999, 15:40 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers said tonight their forces were laying siege to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) base complex at Elephant Pass, having launched a multi-pronged assault in the region. In a statement from its London offices, the LTTE denied SLA claims that 200 Tigers had been killed, and said it had lost 15 fighters so far.

The text of the LTTE press release follows:

"In a daring military campaign the LTTE fighting formations made a multi-pronged attack today on several sectors around the Elephant Pass military complex situated on the strategically important causeway linking Jaffna Peninsula to the mainland."

"Heavy fighting is raging in the area as LTTE fighting units penetrated the Sri Lankan army defence lines at Kaddaikadu, Pullaveli, Vettilaikerni and Kilali and laid siege around Elephant Pass military complex."

"The LTTE forces are pounding the Elephant Pass base complex with artillery and mortar. This heavily fortified base complex houses the headquarters of the Sri Lankan army's 54 Division."

"After a respite in the fighting due to the celebrations of Heroes' Day, the LTTE's military thrust 'Unceasing Waves 3' began in the early hours this morning and continues ferociously."

"The LTTE wishes to deny categorically the Government's claim that over two hundred of our cadres have been killed at Vettilaikerni."

"This is a part of the malicious disinformation campaign of the Sri Lankan government to prop up the declining morale of the Sinhala soldiers and to cheat the Sinhala populace."

"Fifteen of our fighters have been killed in the fighting so far."”

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
08.08.19 20:05   Photo
Colombo converts 2000 acres of ex-HSZ lands citing India-assisted airport expansion in Jaffna
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4335