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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2491

Sri Lanka: Large scale exodus from LTTE controlled areas continue unabated

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 15 January, (Asiantribune.com): The large scale exodus from LTTE controlled areas continued unabated with more than 200 civilians fleeing several Tiger controlled villages during the past few days alone.

A spokesman attached to the media centre for national security said that about 97 displaced persons who were living in LTTE controlled Vaharai had escaped to the government controlled area on Friday evening.

"A total of 37 females, 32 males, 16 boys and 12 girls consisting of 41 families arrived at government controlled area in Batticaloa on Friday," the spokesman told the "Asian Tribune."

The spokesman claimed that the exodus trend was continuing and that it was obvious that the Tamils have rejected the LTTE, which claims sole authority over Sri Lankan Tamils.

On Wednesday (January 10) another 28 civilians escaped Tiger controlled areas in Mannar and had arrived at Kandampidi. The escaped civilians included seven children below 18 years of age.

Citing reasons for their fleeing, the parents of these children had told security forces that they had fled the un-cleared areas of Mannar in fear that the LTTE will forcefully recruit their children to their organization.

Another 75 persons escaped LTTE controlled areas in Batticaloa on Thursday. The 32 families consisting of 33 females, 21 males, 11 boys and 10 girls had arrived at Batticaloa's Rideethenna area, which is under security forces control.

- Asian Tribune -

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