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By By C. Bryson Hull, Reuters News

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said
on Thursday he was sending a humanitarian team to Sri Lanka’s war
zone, where thousands are trapped while troops push to end to a 25-
year war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban’s decision came after the military said an exodus of 103,000
people from the tiny coastal strip had slowed, four days after troops
blew up an earthen barrier the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
built to stop them escaping. (more…)

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By Agence France-Presse

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, April 23, 2009 (AFP) – Troops clashed with Islamic militants holding hostage a sick Italian Red Cross worker in the southern Philippines as the crisis entered its 99th day Thursday, the military said.

There were no immediate details of casualties and no word on the fate of Eugenio Vagni, 62, who intelligence reports earlier said was unable to walk due to a hernia.

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By Emma Batha, AlertNet

Hundreds of people fleeing Sri Lanka’s war zone are arriving at hospitals with horrific injuries and severe trauma, doctors say.

Aid workers are also warning there could be a “bloodbath” as the war between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels enters what appears to be the final days.

The military says at least 100,000 civilians have poured out of the battle zone since Monday when troops blasted through a massive earthen wall built by the Tigers. But the United Nations says tens of thousands more could still be trapped there.

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By BBC News

At least 25,000 civilians have fled a Tamil Tiger-held area in northern Sri Lanka, the military says.

People escaped after troops broke through a fortification which had been blocking their advance into the Tigers’ last stronghold, the army said.

Aerial video showed thousands of people filing out of the combat zone. Tens of thousands remain in the area, which has seen heavy fighting for months.

The government says the rebels must now surrender or face a final assault.

There was no immediate response from the rebels, who have rejected previous calls to surrender. The pro-rebel TamilNet website said several hundred civilians were feared killed and injured after troops advanced into the zone.

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By Agence France-Presse

The Philippine military said Saturday it was tightening its cordon around Muslim extremists holding two Red Cross workers hostage, even during the Easter holidays.

“There will be no let up in further constricting the kidnappers’ positions to reduce their freedom of movement especially this Lenten Season,” a military statement said.

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