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The World | IN BRIEF / SRI LANKA

Troops Advance on Rebel Blockade

July 31, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Sri Lankan troops advanced toward Tamil Tiger territory to smash a rebel blockade of water supplies for government-held villages, as hostilities escalated toward a full-scale war.

Earlier, air force planes bombed rebel positions in the area of the blockade in northeastern Trincomalee, a government spokesman said.

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