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Colombo, June 01, 2010
Last Updated: 08:42 IST(1/6/2010)

One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were “massive casualties” among the civilian population. (more…)

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31 May 2010 11:33:00 GMT

Written by: ECHO. By Malini Morzaria

I was last in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, almost a year after India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had been assassinated by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber. 1992 was still a fraught year in Sri Lanka’s civil war.

On-going hostilities between the government and the rebels in the north, thousands killed and displaced by the conflict, a naval commander killed by suicide bombers and senior army officials killed in a land mine explosion. (more…)

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COLOMBO, 28 May 2010 (IRIN) – The recent death of a French de-miner in northern Sri Lanka highlights the ongoing threat of landmines in preventing the safe return of tens of thousands of conflict-displaced.

Dominique Morin, who worked for the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, was killed on 10 May when a device he was handling exploded in the village of Kakkayankulam West, in eastern Mannar District.   (more…)

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The Daily Telegraph

By DEAN NELSON

Up to 30,000 Tamil civilians have been left severely disabled by Sri Lankan army shelling in the so-called ‘no-fire zone’, it has been revealed.

Aid workers said one in ten of the 280,000 civilian refugees who fled the Sri Lankan army’s final onslaught against the Tamil Tiger rebels had either lost limbs or been so badly injured they urgently needed prosthetic limbs or wheelchairs to regain their mobility.

The scale of civilian casualties who have been maimed in the war was disclosed by the award-winning French charity Handicap International, which works with the victims of war throughout the world. (more…)

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The Washington Post

By EMILY WAX

NORTHEASTERN COAST, Sri Lanka — The strip of beach where tens of thousands of civilians huddled during the Sri Lankan military’s decisive assault against the Tamil Tiger rebels this month shows clear signs of heavy artillery shelling, according to a helicopter inspection of the site by independent journalists, interviews with eyewitnesses, and specialists who have studied high-resolution satellite imagery from the war zone.

That evidence contradicts government assertions that areas of heavy civilian populations were no-fire zones that were deliberately spared during the final weeks of military assault that ended this island nation’s quarter-century of civil war.

“We see a lot of images of destroyed structures and what look like circular shell craters and also, frankly, very large holes in the ground. If it was a shell, it must be a very large one to make 24-feet-wide craters,” said Lars Bromley, director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights project, which was asked by human rights groups to study the satellite images. (more…)

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