Sri Lanka to suspend offensives against rebels

Sri Lanka today announced it will suspend offensives against Tamil Tiger rebels for two days to enable tens of thousands of trapped civilians to move out of the war zone.

A statement from President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office said he has directed the armed forces to restrict operations during the April 13-14 Sri Lankan New Year to a defensive nature.

Scores of civilians are trapped in a government-declared no-fire zone along with the remaining guerrillas.

Government forces said they are close to crushing the 25-year separatist war.

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