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SA Tamils appeal to world to intervene in Lanka fighting

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 14:10 IST

A Tamil organisation in South Africa on Friday sought immediate intervention of the international community to stop the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka's embattled North.

Asking the world leaders to immediately intervene in the ongoing fight between Lankan forces and LTTE rebels, the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) alleged that the island nation's government has imposed stringent economic, medical and food embargoes in the northern region of the country, resulting in the severe lack of basic items required by the civilians.

In addition to this, the Lankan government has also banned United Nations and other humanitarian agency from operating in the LTTE-controlled areas since September 2008, the TYO said.

It also said that the Parliamentary Group of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) had informed that the plight of 3,60,000 displaced Tamils in the Northern areas of the Island nation had worsened following the recent fighting.

"Due to the targeted bombing campaigns by the Lankan Armed Forces on IDP camps and other public buildings that could provide shelter, the civilians have been forced to seek refuge under trees, on the roads and even in the jungles to avoid being killed," the organisation added.

"Most of these areas are flooded due to the recent monsoon rains. Tamil civilians, including children and infants have been killed or grievously injured in substantial numbers in the fighting," it alleged.