Battle of Delft
|Battle of Delft|
|Part of the Sri Lankan Civil War|
|Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force (Close air support)||Sea Tigers|
|12 fast attack craft, helicopter gunships and Kfir fighter jets||unknown|
|Casualties and losses|
|Government Claims 12 dead one boat damaged,
rebels claim one sunk one damaged
|Government Claims 9 boats sunk and 40 dead,
rebels claim 4 dead
The Battle of Delft was a naval battle on December 25, 2007 and part of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The Sri Lankan Navy claimed that it received reports of a boat cluster moving off of Delft Island. After moving in to investigate clashes erupted and fierce sea battle ensued. Both sides claimed to have victory. The pro-rebel Tamilnet claimed that the Sea Tigers sank one Sri Lankan Navy vessel and the Sri Lankan Navy suffered casualty. However, the Sri Lankan Defense ministry claimed that 6 Tiger boats were sunk and over 40 Tigers were killed.
- Gardner, Simon (2007-12-26). "Sri Lanka says sinks 11 rebel boats in sea battle". Reuters UK.
- "'Tamil Tigers hit' in naval clash". BBC News. 2007-12-26.
- "Sea clash 'kills 40 Tamil rebels'". CNN.com Asia. 2007-12-26.
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