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February 12, 1987
A new plot to smuggle up to 250 Tamil refugees from West Germany to Canada by ship has been uncovered, police and Tamil sources in Hamburg said. They said that Bonn has alerted Canada to the plan but that the organizers might still go ahead with their operation from another European port, possibly Dutch. Last August, 155 Tamils, fleeing ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, were set adrift in lifeboats by a West German ship off Newfoundland. They are now living in eastern Canada.
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November 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Artillery shells fell around an ancient Dutch-built church filled with refugees in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 35 villagers and injuring 80, amid fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a church official said. Bishop Raiaippu Joseph said more than 3,500 people had taken shelter in the church compound to escape the fighting. Sri Lankan troops had launched an offensive to retake parts of the Madhu church area that rebels had seized.
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July 14, 1995 | From Reuters
Hundreds of thousands of Tamils are fleeing the northern Sri Lankan war zone as the military bombs and shells civilian areas, a clergyman said Thursday. The armed forces Sunday launched "Operation Leap Forward," aimed at clearing the Jaffna peninsula of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas who are fighting for a homeland in the north and east of the island.
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February 21, 1997 | From Associated Press
A boat carrying ethnic Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka's civil war overturned Thursday off the north coast of the island nation and 165 people were feared dead, the military said. Intercepted radio messages from Tamil rebels indicated 95 bodies had been recovered, military officials said. Seventy people were missing, including 22 children, the officials said.
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November 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Artillery shells fell around an ancient Dutch-built church filled with refugees in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 35 villagers and injuring 80, amid fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a church official said. Bishop Raiaippu Joseph said more than 3,500 people had taken shelter in the church compound to escape the fighting. Sri Lankan troops had launched an offensive to retake parts of the Madhu church area that rebels had seized.
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February 21, 1997 | From Associated Press
A boat carrying ethnic Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka's civil war overturned Thursday off the north coast of the island nation and 165 people were feared dead, the military said. Intercepted radio messages from Tamil rebels indicated 95 bodies had been recovered, military officials said. Seventy people were missing, including 22 children, the officials said.
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November 29, 1987 | United Press International
Tamil rebels Saturday hurled hand grenades into a crowd of refugees on Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula, killing five people and wounding 14, the Press Trust of India said. The domestic news agency quoted an Indian official as saying the attack occurred at the Jaffna town of Chavakachcheri, where about 400 people had gathered in the main square to collect food and medicine distributed by Indian personnel.
NEWS
September 12, 1990
Diplomatic Front: President Bush addressed the nation, outlining "what is at stake--what we must do together to defend civilized values around the world." He praised the American military and hailed the new level of cooperation between Washington and Moscow. Japan said it may give $2 billion to the nations hit hardest by U.N. sanctions, on top of the $1 billion aid package already promised for multinational peacekeeping forces in Saudi Arabia.
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August 18, 1986 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of Canada's Tamil organization, faced with a growing public backlash against their group, acknowledged Sunday that 155 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka who were picked up in overcrowded lifeboats off Newfoundland last week had sailed from West Germany and not South Asia as the refugees first claimed. "Spokespersons (for the refugees) made certain admissions that put the situation in context," Sri G.
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July 15, 1987 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
Canadian military and police officials Tuesday ordered an ocean search for a freighter believed to be trying to smuggle at least 160 women and children into Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a "marine alert" for a ship identified as the Winged Eagle, with Gibraltar registry. However, navy, coast guard and air-sea rescue units found no trace of the vessel.
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July 14, 1995 | From Reuters
Hundreds of thousands of Tamils are fleeing the northern Sri Lankan war zone as the military bombs and shells civilian areas, a clergyman said Thursday. The armed forces Sunday launched "Operation Leap Forward," aimed at clearing the Jaffna peninsula of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas who are fighting for a homeland in the north and east of the island.
NEWS
June 15, 1987
The Sri Lankan government said it has released more than 1,000 people who were detained as suspected Tamil guerrillas during a recent military offensive in the northern region of the island. A spokesman said the detainees, who were cleared of charges, were flown from Colombo, the capital, to a military airfield in the Jaffna Peninsula and given transport to their homes. In Madras, an Indian government spokesman said that about 4,000 Tamil refugees fled to southern India in the last five days.
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