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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Sustained shelling compelled thousands of Tamil civilians to flee their homes
Even as President Kumaratunga gave expression to her genocidal intentions, sustained shelling from the Sri Lanka Palaly army camp in the North, compelled thousands of Tamils to flee their homes.
"Sustained shelling from Sri Lanka Army Camps in the North has compelled over 5000 Tamil civilians to evacuate from their homes in Panipulam and Chulipuram. In these areas many houses have been badly damaged. In Vaddukodai, a shop and a house were damaged by an attack by a Sri Lanka helicopter. " (Colombo based Daily, Virakesari, 30 April 1995)
" On 30 April, shells killed seven civilians and badly damaged the Thondamanaru Selvachannathy temple. The military shelled Atchuvely in mid May... Shells injured a young woman at Vadamaratchy on 7 May. Sivalingam, 50 was killed at Atchuveli North on 17 May and five others were injured. Over 15,000 people have fled Thondamanaru and Atchuveli and have sought refuge in Chavakachcheri. Jaffna people have resumed building bunkers...Fifteen people (Tamils) were seriously injured when a shell from the Palaly (Sri Lanka) Army base hit a passenger bus on 20 May at Valalai on the Thondamanaru-Point Pedro road in the Jaffna peninsula." (British Refugee Council Publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, May 1995)
"In the North, in particular along the coastline of Vadamaratchi, from Point Pedro to Thondamanaru, Tamil families have evacuated their homes and moved inland to safer areas because of the continual shelling by the Sri Lanka Navy and from the Palaly army camp."Many of them have moved to the Varani, Chavakacheri and Kodikamam areas. At an approximate estimate about 15,000 families, including children have moved in this way. They have sought refuge in the homes of their relations and friends. Some families are living in temples and school buildings Meanwhile, Jaffna has also been shelled from Mandaithivu at night." (Colombo based Daily Virakesari, 23 May 1995)