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U.N. Concern Over Ongoing Military Operations In Lanka

[RTTNews, Tuesday, 5 May 2009 10:38 No Comment]

The United Nations says it remains concerned about continued military operations in the war zone in northeast Sri Lanka, where, it estimates, nearly 50,000 civilians are still trapped in the fighting between the military and members of the rebel the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), reports say.

The U.N.’s continued concern came as reports said that troops and LTTE rebels battled throughout Monday in the 2.8-mile (4.5-kilometer)-long strip of land along the northeast coast that remains under rebel control.

"According to reports from those remaining inside the conflict zone, fighting has intensified, with both light and heavy weapons being used," U.N. spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters Monday at the U.N. headquarters in New York, citing information from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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