The Humanitarian Mission will continue
Sri Lankan security forces will continue with their humanitarian operations aimed at rescuing the remaining 15,000 to 20,000 people held hostage by the LTTE terrorists despite the decision taken to refrain from using heavy calibre weapons, said a senior defence official. The measure has been taken to ensure proper implementation of the Zero Civilian Casualty Policy, so far adapted the Sri Lankan armed forces during their counter terror mission, he further said.
Earlier GoSL said it has decided to end the offensive operations against the LTTE, using heavy weapons as to minimize civilian casualities.
Hereinafter the focus of the operations will be confined to saving the civilians held hostage by the terrorists.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Monday said that combat operations would now be confined to using only small arms and rescuing civilians trapped in the war zone by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the president's office said.
"Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion. Our security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy caliber guns, combat aircraft and aerial weapons which could cause civilian causalities," a statement said.
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