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Heavy artillery exchanges between Lankan forces and LTTE resume

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, March 10, IRNA
Sri Lanka-LTTE-Artillery Exchanges
Renewed heavy artillery exchanges between Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels have forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

According to an All India Radio (AIR) report, army says more than thirty thousand people left from Tamil Tiger-controlled areas west of the town of Batticaloa for refugee camps in government-held territory.

In Ampara district, to the south, soldiers overran a Tigers camp.

According to the army, 20 rebels were killed. The military said soldiers and four police commanders have also lost their lives in the East.

The government now intends to take control of the remaining pockets of the eastern province. The rebels' spokesman said the government is trying to push them into a full-scale war and warned the conflict will spread throughout the island.

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