According to the UN, some 6,500 civilians may have been killed in fighting between government troops and Tamil Tigers this year in Sri Lanka already. Nearly 14,000 civilians have been wounded. These latest figures were released on Friday as the army advanced on the last strip of the jungle still held by Tamil Tigers. Meanwhile, the government rejected a proposal by the United Nations to send a humanitarian mission to the war-tone zone.
Thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians have been able to flee the war zone in northern Sri Lanka but the UN estimates 6,500 have died since the beginning of 2009