“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Sri Lanka.

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AP reports:

“COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Tamil rebels said Tuesday that 1,000 civilians died in a government raid on their territory that the military says freed thousands of noncombatants from the war zone. The military denied the accusation.

Government forces say they rescued thousands of civilians on Monday after they broke through a barrier built by the rebels to protect their territory. By Tuesday evening, the military said 52,000 had escaped.

But as troops have pushed the rebels into an ever-shrinking sliver of territory, both sides have accused the other of endangering civilians.

Rights groups say the rebels are holding many against their will to use as human shields. But those groups have also accused the government of indiscriminate shelling in the tightly packed region in its bid to end the 25-year war. Both sides deny the allegations against them.

It is not possible to obtain independent accounts of the situation because the war zone is restricted to journalists.

The U.N. estimated that more than 4,500 civilians have been killed in the past three months, and several humanitarian groups warned Tuesday that any government efforts to launch an assault into the densely populated rebel area would result in a dramatic increase in casualties.”

Written by modernityblog

21/04/2009 at 15:22

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