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The Times

By CATHERINE PHILP

More than 20,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final throes of the Sri Lankan civil war, most as a result of government shelling, an investigation by The Times has revealed.

The number of casualties is three times the official figure.

The Sri Lankan authorities have insisted that their forces stopped using heavy weapons on April 27 and observed the no-fire zone where 100,000 Tamil men, women and children were sheltering. They have blamed all civilian casualties on Tamil Tiger rebels concealed among the civilians.

Aerial photographs, official documents, witness accounts and expert testimony tell a different story. With the world’s media and aid organisations kept well away from the fighting, the army launched a fierce barrage that began at the end of April and lasted about three weeks. The offensive ended Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war with the Tamil Tigers, but innocent civilians paid the price. (more…)

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ON THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — Israeli troops commandeered high-rise buildings in three eastern districts of Gaza City on Monday, expelling residents and shooting militants in the streets in their furious effort to break Hamas’s fighting ability. (more…)

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BY ALEXANDER PANETTA, CP

It was a record-setting day for violence in Afghanistan, offering a grim snapshot of a steady spike in suicide killings, roadside bombings, and civilian and military casualties.

A Canadian military medic renowned for his perpetually sunny disposition was pronounced dead from a roadside bomb.

Afghanistan’s capital saw its deadliest attack since the fall of the Taliban, with 40 people killed, scores more injured, and terror-stricken civilians fleeing from a suicide blast site in Kabul. (more…)

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