Subject: LUSA: Indon troops launch offensive
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 07:35:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

24 SET 98 - 10:52 East Timor: Indonesian troops said to have launched offensive against territory's armed resistance movement

Macau, Sept. 24 (Lusa) - The Indonesian army on Thursday launched a ''forceful'' military offensive against East Timor's guerrilla movement, resistance forces in Dili told LUSA in Macau by telephone.

The sources said the offensive had as its objective the ''annihilation'' of the East Timorese guerrilla movement. The sources said the offensive was proceeding on ''several fronts'' in the territory, adding they believed that 20,000 Indonesian troops were involved in the operations.

The Indonesian troops reportedly launched their offensives form the settlements of Ossu, Baucau, Manatuto and Loleia in the centre of the half-island. The sources said the Indonesian troops had set up outpost in all the region's hills.

The East Timorese resistance movement launched an international appeal in reaction to the Indonesian offensive against the 'FALINTIL' guerrilla movement: ''If the international community does not want to help us, may God save our guerrillas.'' East Timor, a half-island off northern Australia, has been under Indonesian military occupation since December 1975.-Lusa

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