Sri Lankan army to protect civilians

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The Sri Lankan Government has announced an end to combat operations against the Tamil Tiger rebels and instructed the army to stop using heavy weapons and aerial bombardment that could harm civilians caught in the conflict zone.

A statement issued by the office of the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, last night said security forces would now “confine their attempts to rescuing civilians who are held hostage and give foremost priority to saving civilians”.

There was no explanation for the about-face but Mr Rajapaksa’s Government has been under huge pressure from overseas to halt fighting to protect civilians caught up in the conflict.