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Sri Lankan war in endgame, 100,000 escape rebel zone

<p>Civilians arrive at the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northern Sri Lanka April 22, 2009 after fleeing an area still controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the 'No Fire Zone'. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Civilians arrive at the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northern Sri Lanka April 22, 2009 after fleeing an area still controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the 'No Fire Zone'. REUTERS/Stringer

Civilians arrive at the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northern Sri Lanka April 22, 2009 after fleeing an area still controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the 'No Fire Zone'. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan navy April 22, 2009, members of the military assist from a boat some of the thousands of people that fled an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan navy April 22, 2009, members of the military assist from a boat some of the thousands of people that fled an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in...more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan navy April 22, 2009, members of the military assist from a boat some of the thousands of people that fled an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan navy April 22, 2009, a Tamil man and woman carry children after fleeing an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan navy April 22, 2009, a Tamil man and woman carry children after fleeing an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri...more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan navy April 22, 2009, a Tamil man and woman carry children after fleeing an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 22, 2009, some of the people that fled an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) walk near a temporary camp in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 22, 2009, some of the people that fled an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) walk near a temporary camp in northern Sri Lanka....more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 22, 2009, some of the people that fled an area called the 'No Fire Zone' controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) walk near a temporary camp in northern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara (2nd L) points to a diagram that he says shows the progress of the Sri Lankan army against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during a news conference at the media centre for national security in central Colombo April 22, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara (2nd L) points to a diagram that he says shows the progress of the Sri Lankan army against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during a news conference at the media centre for national security...more

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara (2nd L) points to a diagram that he says shows the progress of the Sri Lankan army against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during a news conference at the media centre for national security in central Colombo April 22, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>This April 2009 image released by the State Department shows the civilian "safe zone" in northern Sri Lanka, the heart of the conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan forces, after the civilians, estimated by the United States to be more than 100,000, were herded on to the beach. REUTERS/US National Imagery Systems/Handout</p>

This April 2009 image released by the State Department shows the civilian "safe zone" in northern Sri Lanka, the heart of the conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan forces, after the civilians, estimated by the United States to be more...more

This April 2009 image released by the State Department shows the civilian "safe zone" in northern Sri Lanka, the heart of the conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan forces, after the civilians, estimated by the United States to be more than 100,000, were herded on to the beach. REUTERS/US National Imagery Systems/Handout

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<p>Injured civilians lie on the ground in a make-shift hospital in this photograph released by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group 'Mercy Mission to Vanni' on April 20, 2009 showing what they say are wounded civilians who were fleeing from an area still controlled by the LTTE in the 'No Fire Zone' near the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Mercy Mission to Vanni/Handout</p>

Injured civilians lie on the ground in a make-shift hospital in this photograph released by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group 'Mercy Mission to Vanni' on April 20, 2009 showing what they say are wounded civilians who were fleeing...more

Injured civilians lie on the ground in a make-shift hospital in this photograph released by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group 'Mercy Mission to Vanni' on April 20, 2009 showing what they say are wounded civilians who were fleeing from an area still controlled by the LTTE in the 'No Fire Zone' near the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Mercy Mission to Vanni/Handout

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says is thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says is thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says is thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>Injured civilians lie on the ground in a make-shift hospital in this photograph released by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group 'Mercy Mission to Vanni' on April 20, 2009 showing what they say are wounded civilians who were fleeing from an area still controlled by the LTTE in the 'No Fire Zone' near the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Mercy Mission to Vanni/Handout</p>

Injured civilians lie on the ground in a make-shift hospital in this photograph released by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group 'Mercy Mission to Vanni' on April 20, 2009 showing what they say are wounded civilians who were fleeing...more

Injured civilians lie on the ground in a make-shift hospital in this photograph released by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group 'Mercy Mission to Vanni' on April 20, 2009 showing what they say are wounded civilians who were fleeing from an area still controlled by the LTTE in the 'No Fire Zone' near the village of Putumatalan in Puthukkudiyirippu, northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Mercy Mission to Vanni/Handout

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<p>A video grab shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/SLRC via Reuters TV</p>

A video grab shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/SLRC via Reuters TV

A video grab shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/SLRC via Reuters TV

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>A video grab shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/SLRC via Reuters TV</p>

A video grab shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/SLRC via Reuters TV

A video grab shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/SLRC via Reuters TV

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area by boats from a beach controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area by boats from a beach controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan...more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area by boats from a beach controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009....more

A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout more

In this photograph released by the Sri Lankan military April 20, 2009 shows what the army says are thousands of people fleeing an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009....more

A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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<p>A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout</p>

A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009....more

A video grab taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle and released by the Sri Lankan government shows thousands of people the military said fled an area held controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists in northeastern Sri Lanka on April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Sri Lankan Government/Handout

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