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More Than 80 Rebels Killed in Heavy Fighting

August 20, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Two days of heavy artillery and mortar fire killed more than 80 Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka's military said, as the United Nations warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in areas cut off by fierce fighting.

The military said the rebel deaths came during intermittent shelling along their de facto border in Muhamalai, in the north. Only minimal aid has been able to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by weeks of fighting in the north and east of the country, the U.N. said.

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