Sri Lanka resumes air attacks against Tigers

Sri Lankan Air Force jets bombed suspected Tamil Tiger positions in the northeast of the island for the fourth consecutive day today as Finland and Denmark announced that they were pulling out their truce monitors.

Colombo, July 29: Sri Lankan Air Force jets bombed suspected Tamil Tiger positions in the northeast of the island for the fourth consecutive day today as Finland and Denmark
announced that they were pulling out their truce monitors.

Military sources said the Israeli-built Kfir jets bombed Vavunathivu and Trincomalee areas as part of a concerted bombing campaign to pressure the tigers to open an irrigation
canal closed by them.

There was no immediate reaction from the Tigers to the latest air attacks which followed heavy artillery and mortar bomb attacks.

The Tigers yesterday said they lost six of their cadre in an air raid.

In another incident, suspected tiger rebels today shot dead a Tamil civilian at Kumurupiddy in Trincomalee area. The latest escalation of violence added more pressure to the already faltering truce.

Meanwhile, Denmark and Finland said they would withdraw their truce monitors in line with a September 01 deadline set by the Tigers for nationals from European Union nations to quit.

The Tigers protested the EU ban on them since May.

Bureau Report

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