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Army expands safe zone for entrapped civilians- Mullaittivu

Army expands safe zone for entrapped civilians- Mullaittivu

Sri Lankan security forces underscoring its Zero Civilian Casualty (ZCC) policy while engaged in the surge to liberate thousands entrapped with LTTE have expanded the existing safe zone facilitating civilian movement.

The strategy is also expected to ensure safety of the civilians who are making constant efforts to flee from LTTE towards the recently liberated areas both at Mullaittivu and Kilinochchi. According to military officials, a 4-km long stretch to the north of Udayarkattu junction and the Yellow Bridge on the A-35 Puthukkudiyiruppu-Paranthan main road up to Iruthumadu (09 23 17.20 N & 080 36 25.70 E) and another 8-km long area from the south of Iruthumadu up to Thevipuram (09 23 17.40 N & 080 40 53.60 E) have been thus earmarked for this 'SAFE ZONE' with immediate effect.

Both southern boundaries of the Udayarkattu junction (09 21 17.80 N & 080 36 25.90 E) and the Yellow Bridge (09 20 21.80 N & 080 39 15.20 E) touch the edges of the A-35 main road, the sources further said. Humanitarian aid agencies and NGO circles welcoming the timely decision further commented that it would hold LTTE terrorists totally accountable. "LTTE is using the innocent civilians as human shields increasing the civilian suffering which has already loomed to a crisis", an HR front official said.

The United Nations, on 16th January, called on the LTTE to allow the civilians to move into government controlled areas without keeping them as a human shield in the face of military advance. 

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