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Sri Lanka says thousands fleeing fighting

[Reuters, Thursday, 14 May 2009 12:54 No Comment]

Thousands of Sri Lankan civilians were crossing a lagoon on Thursday to escape the combat zone in the island nation’s northeast, where Tamil rebels are surrounded in the final throes of a 25-year civil war, the military said.

"Already, 2,000 civilians have crossed the lagoon. There is a large number of people crossing, and the (rebels) fired at them, Four people were killed, 14 were wounded," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanyakkara said.

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