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Sri Lankan jets bomb Tamil Tiger positions in Island's north

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 7, IRNA
Sri Lanka-LTTE-Fighting
Sri Lankan jets bombed Tamil Tiger positions in the island's north today where heavy fighting raged for the third straight day.

Military spokesman Prasad Samarsineghe told reporters that Sri Lankan war planes bombed a Tiger training center near Iranamadu where the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) maintain an airfield, a PTI report said here.

He said a Tiger military training facility was targeted, but had no details of casualties. "The training base had caught fire and was burning for several hours".

The spokesman said the troops lost seven of their men in ground battles along the Mannar and Vavuniya areas in the past three days.

He did not give details of rebel losses.

Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the ceasefire arranged by peace-broker Norway was almost dead and the government was willing to negotiate a fresh deal.

"There is no point in beating around the bush. The government is ready to re-look at it," Rambukwella said when asked about the status of the truce agreement.

He said the ceasefire, which came into effect in February 2002, had been violated more than 10,000 times.

"It has been violated over 10,000 times by the Tigers. Yes, the ceasefire is there to make the international community happy, but you know the reality," he told reporters in Colombo.

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