Sri Lanka: July 11, 2000

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: Heavy fighting in Jaffna left over a hundred dead in the last two days, including 19 soldiers and four civilians. This is a government offensive to clear LTTE troops out of territory they had recently taken control of. The military's search for deserters has resulted in the arrest of 5,000 men in the past few weeks. There are still 18,000 soldiers listed as deserters.

 

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