UN accuses LTTE of preventing civilians from leaving Wanni
The United Nations has accused rebel tamil tigers of forcibly holding innocent tamil citizens and preventing them from leaving the war zone.
The United Nations says it has received reports that Tamil Tiger rebels are actively preventing civilians from leaving Sri Lanka's war zone.
It says a growing number of those trying to leave have been shot at and some have been killed.
Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to be trapped after weeks of heavy fighting, mostly in a government "safe zone" along the north coast.
The Tigers have regularly denied claims they are using civilian human shields.
A statement from the United Nations in Sri Lanka says its concern for the safety of civilians caught up in the fighting has been heightened by reports it has received over the past few days.
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