Initial indications of a massive LTTE presence in the area adjacent to the civillian zone along with a high concentration of heavy weapons came from a UAV sent over the terrain early last weekend.
Following ground force movements and induction of additional reinforcements, close air support elements of the air force were called in. Reports so far indicate the SLAF action devastated LTTE forces and also helped pin point their locations for the attacking ground units. At the same time, the close quarters fighting caused some friendly fire casualties to the SLA. Numbers killed are said to be minimal while a higher number has been injured.
In the meanwhile, the LTTE dead count has gone over 525, while informed sorces overseas state the correct number of tigers killed to be anywhere between 1,000 to 1,200. However, these numbers cannot be verified.