Refugees reach Tamil rebel capital after fleeing alleged massacre

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, May 21, 2006 (AFP) – Refugees who fled after an alleged military massacre on a northern Sri Lanka islet arrived at the inland Tamil rebel capital at the weekend, and brought their fishing boats with them. “We want to go to a fishing area,” he said.

– by Ian Timberlake The 120 people from 27 families were among about 300 families who fled their homes in Allaipiddy on the navy-controlled islet of Kayts after the May 13 killings in which 13 civilians were killed, the refugees told AFP Sunday.

The government and rebels accused each other of being behind the killings.

“We are unable to go home while the military people are there,” said Xaviour Wilfred Kanista, 39.

She and the others arrived Saturday night and were staying at the District Cultural Hall in Kilinochchi that serves as the “capital” of territory controlled by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the northeast of the island nation.

“Because of the safety” provided by the LTTE, they wanted to leave the government-held area, said Mardutheen Arulthas, 38, who was head of the local fishermen’s society in Allaipiddy.

He and the others spoke through an LTTE translator.

They had been staying at a churc