Navy foils LTTE attempt to kill 643 Fleeing Civilians held in
Sri Lanka Navy saved the lives of 643 civilians
who had been fleeing amidst the LTTE's merciless firing. The Navy
rescued them on the 18th March 2009 in the Northern seas. The naval
personnel who were on the alert swiftly acting on the scene, foiled
merciless LTTE motives to kill the fleeing civilians dispersing LTTE
carders on board four dinghies.
The rescued consisted of 320 adults and 323 children. The group
had been found on board 35 dinghies while attempting to flee from
the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas of Mullaithivu. The
rescued had been badly shaken due to the narrow-escape. Speaking
with fear stricken anger while attempting to hold back the streaming
tears, they described how the LTTE cadres mercilessly started firing
at them when they were stealthily fleeing in dinghies huddled
together. Despite the LTTE's gunfire, they had kept on pushing
towards the deep seas in order save themselves until the Navy came
into their rescue.
Upon rescuing, all were brought ashore at Point
Pedro and provided with much-needed food, refreshments and medical
assistance. The rescued expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the
Navy for coming to their rescue.
The exodus of the innocent Tamil civilians
escaping from LTTE clutches is now on the rise. This is largely due
to the confidence they have placed in the Government Security Forces
whose humanitarian operations have helped Tamil civilians to
extricate themselves from the terrorists' clutches. Despite the
risks of being shot at and maimed for deserting the LTTE which is
dying a painful but self-destined death, many manage to reach the
cleared areas in large numbers in a relatively steady stream. The
Tamil populace has now realized the true nature of the ruthless LTTE.
They have seen the futility of shielding a merciless terror outfit
which pays little respect even to those who have once given them
succor and sustenance. The enlightened Tamil populace no longer
wants to be misled by the false promises of a "diabolical
Sri Lanka Navy has made special arrangements to
assist innocent Tamil civilians fleeing from the LTTE clutches.
Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical
teams are on special deployment for this humanitarian assistance
mission in the North-eastern seas.