02/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

UN: Dozens Of Civilians Killed In Fighting Between Sri Lanka, Rebels

COLOMBO (AFP) -- The United Nations said Monday at least 30 civilians had been killed in fighting between government forces and rebels in Sri Lanka amid a drive to root out the last pockets of Tamil Tiger resistance.

The UN spokesman in Colombo, Gordon Weiss, said at least 10 civilians were killed on Monday morning inside an area declared as a "safety zone" by the Sri Lankan military while dozens more were killed or wounded over the weekend.

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