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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

LTTE cannot stop civilians fleeing for their safety to Government controlled areas says Security Forces

Colombo, 06 February, ( Around 2500 civilians have already reached today to security forces controlled area though the LTTE limited the civilian movement cutting off all possible escaping routes available.

"Another 3,000 are said to be waiting to come over today," Security sources told Asian Tribune.

Hundreds of Tamil civilians trapped as human shield, have begun to flee from areas controlled by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka’s war zone and sought shelter with the security forces.

According to sources in Mullativu, civilians are beginning to move on Friday morning to the Visuamadu area which troops captured from the Tigers.

Yesterday alone, 1400 civilians arrived in the Visvamadu area. Commander of the 58th division of the Army Brigadier Shavendra Silva said over 1000 civilians arrived in the area on Friday wee hours. The military have limited large scale operations in the area due to the continuous influx of civilians. He said this action was taken considering the safety concerns of civilians who reach liberated territories.

The 58th division recently opened a new welfare camp in the area to facilitate accommodations for these civilians.

According to our sources, the influx came after troops used “loud hailers” to address civilians across the de facto front line in the Visuamadu area and urged them to move to safety.

Some of the civilians told security forces that the Tigers tried to stop them leaving and beat them with cycle chains.

International aid donors say that they have failed to secure agreement with the LTTE to allow civilians out of the rapidly shrinking territory under their control.

- Asian Tribune -

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