November 21, 1999 |
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.
February 21, 1997 |
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.
October 15, 1987 |
Several hundred thousand civilians have fled their homes for refugee centers in the northern Jaffna Peninsula as fighting between Indian army troops and Tamil Tiger guerrillas continued for the fifth straight day, Indian diplomats reported here Wednesday. An Indian military advance on the city of Jaffna, the main stronghold of the Tiger guerrillas, appeared to slow down in heavy rains Wednesday.
September 30, 2001 |
British customs officers found 26 distressed Sri Lankan asylum seekers squashed into the back of a van that arrived at the southeastern English port of Dover by ferry from France, police said. The 23 men and three women were found coughing and in "poor condition" and were taken to Kent and Canterbury Hospital in nearby Canterbury for treatment. Four were kept in the hospital for observation; the rest were discharged and were being held and questioned by immigration officials.
November 29, 1987 |
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.
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.