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Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam
FIERCE FIGHTING ERUPTS IN JAFFNA
100 GOVERNMENT TROOPS KILLED
Release from LTTE Headquarters, Tamil Eelam
3 September 2000
Over one hundred Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed and several hundreds injured as fierce fighting flared up between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers in the Jaffna and Chavakachcheri sectors today.
The Sri Lankan army, with intense aerial cover, launched a massive offensive assault simultaneously on five fronts (Colombuthurai, Ariyalai, Madduvil, Sarasalai and Meesalai) in the Jaffna and Chavakachcheri sectors in the early hours of the morning today. Under the barrage of heavy artillery shelling and multi-barrel rockets, the government troops attacked the Tamil Tigers forward positions in the eastern sector of the Jaffna town and in Chavakachcheri. Heavy fighting is still continuing.
Facing superior fire power from land and from air, the LTTE combat formations are putting up fierce resistance inflicting heavy casualties on the government troops. According to reports from the battlefield, more than one hundred Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed and several hundreds injured.
As the government troops are shelling indiscriminately with artillery and multi- barrel rockets on civilian areas of Muthuraisanthai, Irupalai, Puttur and eastern coastal regions of Jaffna, several thousands of civilians have fled their homes.