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Govt not responsible for civilians’ safety: Lanka

world Updated: Feb 03, 2009 23:42 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Sri Lankan government has said that it was no longer responsible for the safety of the displaced Tamil civilians staying in the fast shrinking areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The government said it was responsible only for the security of civilians living within the safe zone. The government statement indicates that civilian casualties could rapidly rise as the Sri Lankan army (SLA) pushes into the remaining territory with all its might.

In another development, the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition has instructed health officials and doctors to move out of areas of conflict and move to the safe zone.

On the field, the SLA on Tuesday claimed to have captured a luxury hideout of LTTE chief, V Prabhakaran, in the north-eastern district of Mullaitivu. Twenty LTTE cadres were killed in the fighting before the capture.

The SLA also captured the seventh and last LTTE airstrip in the Puthukuddirippu area of Mullaitivu.