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Sri Lankan army fortifies camps in Jaffna HSZ

The Sri Lankan army has been constructing concrete pillars around military bases located within a High Security Zone in Jaffna, with fears the camps could become permanently situated within the North-East.

The military was seen engaging in construction work around the border of the Valikaamam North High Security Zone. The military had recently released 201 acres of land in the area after 26 years of occupation.

However, a vast bordering region remains occupied by the military. Whilst temporary fences still exist across areas that have been released, the recent fixation of permanent concrete fences has increased fears the army will be a permanent presence in Jaffna.

The construction work has been particularly intense in the Kurumpachitty area, with soldiers seen offloading construction material to military camps. Speed bumps have also been built into roads around the camp, with locals concerned this is part of the attempts to solidify army presence in the region.

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