Sri Lanka resumes advance on Tiger HQ

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

November 30, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lankan security forces have resumed their offensive to capture the political capital of Tamil Tiger rebels after heavy monsoon rains began subsiding, the defence ministry said Sunday. “The air sorties were made in support of the advancing 57th division infantry battalions,” the ministry said.

Flooding had stalled the military push on Kilinochchi and also left nearly half a million people homeless in the island’s north.

Tiger rebels have admitted that their mini-state has shrunk under the ongoing military onslaught but their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has vowed to fight on.

The guerrillas, who took up arms in 1972, are facing the Sri Lankan army’s biggest ever offensive.