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Thousands flee Sri Lanka fighting

Thousands of Tamil civilians were on the run in north Sri Lanka on Sunday as troops and Tiger rebels traded artillery fire across a de facto border, with both sides claiming heavy casualties. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said about 2,000 men, women and children fled their homes in the district of Mannar where heavy fighting has raged since Thursday. One government soldier was killed and three more wounded in Mannar district in the latest shelling, the defence ministry said Sunday. It said troops retaliated in kind and inflicted unspecified casualties on the guerrillas. Full Story

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