Wednesday, October 18, 2006
BBC coverage "Galle naval port attacked"
The naval headquarters and tourist destination harbour of Galle was attacked today by suspected suicide LTTE cadres posing as fisherman in civilian boats.
Today's attack follows a suicide bombing two days ago on a navy convoy in the central-north town of Habarana, blowing-up two buses filled with navy personnel killing approximately 100.
We're still not getting much news on Galle, but have heard rumors that there are still skirmishes. The authorities have closed the roads leading into town and imposed a curfew in an effort to get people off the streets.
Many international and local non-governmental organizations doing tsunami work are based in Galle. The continued fighting in the north and east have limited many organizations doing tsunami recovery work to the southwest of the island.
Galle is about 45 minutes south of Hikkaduwa (our beachside home away from home) and about 70 miles south of Colombo. So far there are no reports of civilian casualties.
Yet another reminder (not that we need one) of this beautiful country's struggle for peace.
Thoughts and prayers.
"Power to the Peaceful" ~Michael Franti