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Sri Lanka: Over 500 families resettled in Jaffna HSZ

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509 families were resettled in the High Security Zone (HSZ) of the Jaffna Peninsula in the presence of Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP, signifying accelerated progress in the resettlement process.

The families consisting 1,862 individuals were displaced from their villages and were living in various areas of the Jaffna Peninsula.

One thousand bicycles were distributed among them and another 491 bicycles among schoolchildren. Financial assistance worth Rs.100,000 was distributed among families as a token of assistance, reported Daily News.

MP Rajapaksa said at a ceremony in Jaffna that 20,000 IDP families would be resettled in the High Security Zone in Jaffna on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's instructions from January 10. He further stated that even during the so-called ceasefire agreement under the UNP regime, civilians were not resettled in the High Security Zone in Jaffna.

Nearly 2,000 acres in the High Security Zone in Thellipalai, Uduvil and Koppai were given to farmers for cultivation two weeks ago, reported Daily News.