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By XINHUA

COLOMBO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — The Sri Lankan police said Wednesday that they will conduct a census in the camps for the internally displaced persons (IDP) in the north to track down fleeing refugees.

A senior police official said the purpose of the measure is to ascertain the number of IDPs who had escaped camps through surreptitious means.

Nearly 300,000 Tamil minority civilians displaced by the final battles between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are now being housed in scores of refugee camps in the northern Vavuniya and Jaffna districts. (more…)

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Reuters

By RANGA SIRILAL
COLOMBO, July 8 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan government doctors who gave civilian casualty figures to the media in the final months of the island nation’s 25-year war recanted on Wednesday after spending weeks under arrest.

The doctors’ statements that thousands were being killed raised diplomatic pressure on Sri Lanka to slow its assault in the final phase, fuelled a hotly contested propaganda duel and prompted Western calls for a war crimes probe.

Five doctors now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department said they were under pressure from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatists to give out exaggerated figures of people killed in military shelling. (more…)

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