Images below show Palamattalam/Puthumathalan area north of Mullativu which is among the last areas held by the LTTE terrorists. The Sri Lankan military launched an attack in this area enabling civilians held by the LTTE to escape. The result is a loss of hostages for the terrorists to use as human shields – something that the Life in Taprobane blog outlines the human shield factor with pictures from within what was called the “No Fire Zone“. Defence wire blog has some background info on the offensive in its usual tone. Pro terrorist websites would describe the situation differently.
The images below were of course taken some by satellites in time in 2006-2008. Chandru456 has a photo of what looks like the civilians who escaped the LTTE. No idea about their currentness.
You can check this area yourself via google maps in satellite view mode.
All this will pass into history sooner than you think. The hardest part about war is ensuring that the peace that comes afterwords lasts longer. Politics of Sri Lanka’s tribal ethnicities, religions, languages and histories is a complex soup – ripe for manipulation by oportunistic demogogues. And there’ll be plenty of them in the future. Like flies.
The only comforting thought I can offer (besides buy your own Vodka) is that war and peace are both transient things. Hope we can make peace last longer.