Sri Lanka: School children bombed in war on Tamils

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The article below has been abridged from http://www.asia-pacific-action.org.

A 15-year-old-boy and a 17-year-old girl were killed when a civilian settlement area, Vallipunam in Mullaiththeevu district, came under aerial attack from the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) on October 30.

The Tamil people in Sri Lanka's north and east have been waging a struggle for self-determination. Mullaiththeevu district is part of the Tamil-run liberated area.

Some houses were completely burnt down in the attack, according to an October 30 report from the Tamil Eelam News Service.

SLAF is continuously targeting internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements in the area, causing high civilian casualties according to local sources.

The Sri Lankan security forces also stepped up its artillery barrages on the civilian settlements in Killinochchi and Mulaithivu district where the IDPs are concentrated.

A 29-year-old man was killed at Iraththinapuram, a suburb south of Killinochchi on October 29 when security forces launched an artillery barrage.

According to the Sri Lankan government, Sri Lanka conducted at least 6000 bombing sorties into the Vanni region, which encompasses the districts under attack, within the last two years. Each bombing sortie unloads an average 1000kg of ammunitions.

Sri Lanka is pressing for a "final" military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is leading an armed struggle for self-determination.

Sri Lanka has been declared by human and media rights groups as the most dangerous place in the world for journalists and aid workers. The three-decades-old civil war has killed at least 215,000 people, according to the surveys done by the UN World Health Organisation.