Fierce fighting erupted between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) near Kilali/Muhamalai forward defence lines today (16th). Fighting erupted when troops from SLA’s 53 division moved ahead of their positions in a fresh attempt to storm LTTE’s second FDL in the national front. Around 30 SLA soldiers have been killed in the fighting and 10 more have gone missing. As of this moment, troops have fallen back to their original positions. First LTTE FDL in this area was captured by SLA on the 20th of November.
Meanwhile heavy fighting also raged in several locations in and around Kilinochchi. On some fronts, forces have moved in further past the LTTE built earth bund and there has been close quarters fighting going on inside buildings and other structures. SLA’s 57 and 58 divisions have been conducting the majority of these operations. The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), flew more than 16 air sorties targeting LTTE positions in Kilinochchi and Paranthan (earth bund included) in the past two days alone (13th and 14th).