As rebel group the Tamil Tigers clashes with Sri Lankan government over a land dispute, 250,000 civilians are caught in the middle of the conflict. (France 24)

That was video from France 24.

We’re covering news sources on this story from around the world.

UK’s Times Online puts the story in some context...

“The government...edges closer to a military victory over the Tigers after a 25-year civil war that has already claimed 70,000 lives.” (UK TimesOnline)

China’s CCTV covered a civilian protest against the rebels.

“Earlier on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s army declared that the rescuing of civilians trapped by the offensive against Tamil Tigers is one of its top priorities.” (World Wide Watch)

Chinapost.com says the military has surrounded the group in an attempt to end this war, which began in 1983. (Chinapost.com)

Sri Lanka’s army is reluctant to attack the rebels with so many innocent lives in danger.

The IrishTimes.com says shelling at a hospital killed 12 Sri Lankans in the last 2 days.  Both the military and the rebels are blaming each other for the deaths. (IrishTimes.com)

France 24 talks with a member of the military regarding the shelling.

“We are not the ones bombarding the roads.  We have to stop you from using them for your own security.  We are trying to save people, not kill them.” (France 24)

Civilians aren’t the only ones whose lives are endangered.

Over 4000 people turned out to honor a Sri Lankan journalist whose unsolved murder has raised global awareness in this war-ravaged nation. (World Focus)

The journalist was driving to his job as editor at The Sunday Leader when four masked gunmen on motorcycles killed him.  He had predicted his own murder in his last editorial.

“In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too.” (The Sunday Leader)

TIME interviewed The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake – who said the same thing as the slain journalist...

"One of the problems for many years has been the problem of impunity…They always say that they're going to investigate these things, but nothing ever happens." (TIME)

What do you think of the current conflict in Sri Lanka? Do you think the Sri Lankan army can take out the Tamil Tigers?

We invite you to leave your comments on Newsy.com and check out our sources for more information.

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Sri Lanka Struggles in Conflict

As rebel group the Tamil Tigers clashes with Sri Lankan government over a land dispute, 250,000 civilians are caught in the middle of the conflict. (France 24)

That was video from France 24.

We’re covering news sources on this story from around the world.

UK’s Times Online puts the story in some context...

“The government...edges closer to a military victory over the Tigers after a 25-year civil war that has already claimed 70,000 lives.” (UK TimesOnline)

China’s CCTV covered a civilian protest against the rebels.

“Earlier on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s army declared that the rescuing of civilians trapped by the offensive against Tamil Tigers is one of its top priorities.” (World Wide Watch)

Chinapost.com says the military has surrounded the group in an attempt to end this war, which began in 1983. (Chinapost.com)

Sri Lanka’s army is reluctant to attack the rebels with so many innocent lives in danger.

The IrishTimes.com says shelling at a hospital killed 12 Sri Lankans in the last 2 days.  Both the military and the rebels are blaming each other for the deaths. (IrishTimes.com)

France 24 talks with a member of the military regarding the shelling.

“We are not the ones bombarding the roads.  We have to stop you from using them for your own security.  We are trying to save people, not kill them.” (France 24)

Civilians aren’t the only ones whose lives are endangered.

Over 4000 people turned out to honor a Sri Lankan journalist whose unsolved murder has raised global awareness in this war-ravaged nation. (World Focus)

The journalist was driving to his job as editor at The Sunday Leader when four masked gunmen on motorcycles killed him.  He had predicted his own murder in his last editorial.

“In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too.” (The Sunday Leader)

TIME interviewed The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake – who said the same thing as the slain journalist...

"One of the problems for many years has been the problem of impunity…They always say that they're going to investigate these things, but nothing ever happens." (TIME)

What do you think of the current conflict in Sri Lanka? Do you think the Sri Lankan army can take out the Tamil Tigers?

We invite you to leave your comments on Newsy.com and check out our sources for more information.

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