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23 years on, no justice for Navali massacre

A memorial was held at St. Peter’s Church in Navali, Jaffna, yesterday ┬áto pay tribute to 153 Tamils killed in Sri Lanka’s targeted air raid 23 years ago.

On 9 July 1995, as part of it failed military offensive, Operation Leap Forward, to capture the Jaffna peninsula, the Sri Lankan air force dropped thirteen bombs on St Peter’s Church and Kathirkamam Murugan Temple in Navali, killing 153 Tamil refugees sheltered at the church and seriously injuring 350 more.

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Twenty-three years on, no one, including the former President Chandrika Kumaratunge, who was the commander-in-chief of the Sri Lankan armed forces at that time, have been held to account for the massacre.