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Civilians exodus continues in Sri Lanka

Thousands of Tamil civilians stranded in the war zone continue to flee the area even as the advancing Sri Lankan security forces from two sides have merged together capturing more areas from LTTE in the island nation's embattled north. See map | Profile of Velupillai PrabhakaranSee pics

world Updated: Apr 22, 2009 19:57 IST
TV Sriram

Civilians strandedThousands of Tamil civilians stranded in the war zone continue to flee the area even as the advancing Sri Lankan security forces from two sides have merged together capturing more areas from LTTE in the island nation's embattled north.

Over 80,000 civilians have so far crossed over to government controlled 'safe zone' till this morning, a Defence Ministry spokesman said today.

Till last night the number of people fleeing the war zone was 62,000 but 18,000 more civilians were rescued till this morning, the spokesman said.

A total of 1,50,200 civilians have crossed over to government held areas in embattled north since January.

The Lankan authorities are reading in the mass exodus signs that Tigers may be on the verge of total collapse after waging a rebellion for 25 years.

Meanwhile, the Lankan forces attack yesterday after the end of a 24-hour deadline for the LTTE chief V Prabhakaran and his aides to surrender virtually sliced the small 17 sq kilometers strip of land held by the Tigers into two.

The advancing troops of Sri Lankan army's 58 Division and 55 Division which launched massive assault on the rebels from different sides have merged in the no-fire zone near Puthumathalan capturing more areas from the Tigers, the spokesman said.



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