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June 16, 2006: Air force bombers attacked LTTE camps again. The LTTE blames the government, and the Norwegian peace negotiators, for the resumption of fighting. Some Sinhalese parties also believe the Norwegians are at fault, especially the Buddhist nationalists, who believe the Norwegians are helping the LTTE. The basic problem is that LTTE hardliners will not give up on partitioning the island, something that is unacceptable to the Sinhalese, who are the majority on the island.

June 15, 2006: Just outside of LTTE territory in the northeast, a bus hit by two claymore mines. Over 60 civilians (commuters and students) were killed. The air force retaliated by bombing two LTTE camps.

June 14, 2006: The war has resumed on a low level, with several people being killed each day. About 3,000 Tamils have fled to India, from LTTE territory in northeast Sri Lanka, in the last week.

June 13, 2006: LTTE fighters can be seen working on their fortifications, and civilians in LTTE controlled areas are laying in food supplies, as if they believe food will be hard to get in the coming weeks.

June 12, 2006: The LTTE is fighting a two front war. Increasing ambushes of soldiers and police, plus assassinations of real or perceived internal enemies. In the last few days, nearly a dozen people were killed that way, mostly in the northeast.

June 10, 2006: A top LTTE commander, and three of his men, were killed by a claymore mine, a favorite rebel weapon, in the northeast. The LTTE blamed the army, but it is believed that the LTTE men either triggered a booby trap, or were hit by a rebel LTTE faction.

 

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