Sri Lanka

UN relief chief concerned over physical condition of Sri Lankans trapped by clashes

The top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced concern for the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans pushed into a progressively shrinking pocket of land in the northern part of the country due to clashes between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka conflict curtails access to health care for tens of thousands, warns UN agency

The ongoing conflict in northern Sri Lanka between the Government and a rebel group is limiting access to health care, putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned today.

Sri Lanka: UN official urges Government, rebels to end civilian deaths

The top United Nations humanitarian official today urged combatants on both sides of the battle ravaging the northern Vanni region of Sri Lanka to make greater efforts to stop the rising toll of civilian casualties and to protect the people trapped in a small pocket of land held by rebel fighters.

Protection of children caught in Sri Lankan conflict 'first priority' – UN official

The United Nations official charged with the welfare of children in armed conflict today urged that priority attention be given to the fate of children in northern Sri Lanka, where Government forces are battling the separatists Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

On visit to Sri Lanka, UN humanitarian chief stresses need to protect civilians

The United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the need to ensure the protection of civilians caught in the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, where Government forces are battling the separatists Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as he began a three-day visit to the South Asian nation.

Sri Lanka: UNICEF voices concern for children victimized by conflict

As the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its grave concern for the South Asian island nation’s children who are increasingly being recruited by rebels and who are being killed or injured.

Sri Lanka: growing UN concern as civilians in ‘safe zone’ come under fire

The United Nations has called on Sri Lankan Government forces and rebels to refrain from fighting in areas of civilian concentration, following reports that weekend clashes in a so-called safe zone in the northern Vanni region has led to more deaths and injuries.

Some 24,000 displaced fled northern Sri Lanka violence so far this year – UN

The United Nations reported today that some 24,000 uprooted people have fled Sri Lanka’s Vanni region so far this year, as clashes continue in the north of the South Asian island nation, where some 250,000 civilians are trapped by fighting between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: UN agency voices ‘outrage’ at civilian deaths in conflict with rebels

The United Nations refugee agency expressed “outrage” today at the senseless killing of hundreds of civilians caught up in fighting between Sri Lankan forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in areas under rebel command, as it readied itself for thousands of displaced.

UN deplores suicide attack in northern Sri Lanka

The United Nations has condemned today’s suicide attack at a registration centre for civilians fleeing the fighting in northern Sri Lanka, which killed and wounded many civilians, including children.