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2006-08-26 23:13:33

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first foreign nationals and aid workers to be evacuated from Sri Lanka's besieged north sailed into this eastern port on Sunday, only to be met by volleys of rockets and artillery amid fresh fighting. Military sources said the army had begun a limited operation targeting rebel positions near the Tiger-held town of Sampur, and said some soldiers had been injured. Reuters correspondents in nearby Trincomalee saw flashes on the...

2006-08-26 21:44:03

By Simon Gardner PALAI NAGAR, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Hundreds of displaced villagers are venturing back to inspect homes shelled during fighting between Tamil rebels and the army in northeast Sri Lanka, and 20-year-old Ripan Rimas made an unexpected discovery. "The Tigers built a bunker here in our garden," she said, pointing at a tree trunk laid sideways and stacks of bricks. "I won't go over there. I won't let the children go. I think something may explode." Liberation Tigers of...

2006-08-26 00:45:10

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The Red Cross evacuated foreigners from Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula and distributed aid there on Saturday after a two week siege, but the army said a bomb left by withdrawing rebels killed six soldiers. The fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, the first ground battles since a 2002 ceasefire, has displaced more than 200,000 people and cut off half a million people in Jaffna from essential...

2006-08-25 23:49:21

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Officials distributed aid on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula on Saturday and foreign nationals were being evacuated as two Red Cross vessels docked there after weeks of fighting cut off the region. The fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, the first ground battles since a 2002 ceasefire, has displaced more than 200,000 people, cut off half a million people in Jaffna from essential supplies and left...

2006-08-25 00:34:32

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - The first aid ship to break a two week siege of Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula prepared to unload on Friday, while another Red Cross-flagged vessel left port to evacuate foreign nationals. More than three weeks of fighting between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels has created a humanitarian crisis in north and east Sri Lanka and some 180,000 people have fled their homes. With road, air and sea links to Jaffna cut, shortages are rife. Air...

2006-08-24 03:57:37

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - A ship carrying food approached Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula for the first time in nearly two weeks on Thursday, but a new government demand made an end to fighting with the Tamil Tiger rebels seem more distant. The worst conflict since a 2002 ceasefire has left the road through rebel territory to Jaffna shut and the airbase closed to civilian flights, while the sea routes have been attacked by the rebels in boats. A Red Cross-flagged ship, which...

2006-08-24 00:37:17

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sporadic artillery fire and air strikes continued along Sir Lanka's Jaffna peninsula on Thursday as an aid ship approached the besieged city for the first time in nearly two weeks, residents and officials said. The army said the peninsula was "calm and quiet," but admitted some exchange of gunfire, which was confirmed by residents. The military also said jets struck a rebel Sea Tiger base near their de facto capital of Kilinochchi on Thursday. No...

2006-08-23 05:09:45

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Dozens of schoolgirls killed by the air force, Muslims massacred by Tamil Tiger rebels, civilians targeted by both sides. There is no shortage of atrocity tales in Sri Lanka, but getting the truth is proving almost impossible. With both the government and rebels facing each other in open ground warfare for the first time since a 2002 truce, few doubt that hundreds are dead and that civilians are suffering most. But occasional fighting still erupts,...

2006-08-23 01:15:45

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fighting on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula appeared to have hit a lull after a 12-day battle with Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said, as an aid ship sailed to feed tens of thousands cut off by the violence. With road links through rebel territory cut, and air and sea movement sharply curtailed, shortages have been rising fast for the roughly half a million people on the army-held peninsula. Some people are eating only one meal a day....

2006-08-22 21:54:04

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fighting on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula appeared to be dying down after more than a week of open warfare there with Tamil Tiger rebels, the army said on Tuesday, but rebel mortars were fired at army camps in the east. With road links through rebel territory cut and air and sea movement sharply curtailed, shortages have been rising fast for the roughly half a million people on the army-held peninsula. Some have cut down to one meal a day,...


Latest Sri Lanka Reference Libraries

Sri Lankan Elephant, Elephas maximus maximus
2014-04-11 10:52:49

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found in Sri Lanka. This species resides in lowland dry zone habitats in eastern, southeastern, and northern areas of Sri Lanka. It reaches an average height between 6.6 and 11 feet at the shoulders and weight between 4,400 and 12,000 pounds. It is darker in color than the other two subspecies of the Asian elephant and has more depigmentation its belly, face, ears, and trunk. Only seven percent...

Purple Faced Langur, Trachypithecus vetulus
2014-04-11 10:26:51

The purple-faced langur or purple-faced leaf monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus) is a species of Old World monkey that can be found in Sri Lanka. It prefers to reside in mountainous areas in southwestern regions of this range, in habitats known as wet zones. It can be found in the canopies of dense forests at low elevations. This species holds four subspecies including the western purple-faced langur, which is one of the most endangered primates in the world, and the dryzone purple-faced langur....

Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Sri Lanka cat snake, Boiga ceylonensis
2013-10-14 14:36:42

The Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis) can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. A member of the Colubridae family, this species is mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels threatened. Typically, a Sri Lanka cat snake measures approximately 4 feet long. You can expect...

Sri Lankan Leopard, Panthera pardus kotiya
2012-12-10 12:05:00

The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a subspecies of the leopard that is native to Sri Lanka. The range of this subspecies is highly fragmented, but in some areas, it does occur in high numbers. It prefers many types of habitats including rainforests, arid scrublands, evergreen monsoon forests, upper and lowland forests, and damp forests. The Sri Lankan leopard differs in size depending upon sex. Males can reach and average body length of about our feet with an average weight...

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