The UN believes that 6,500 civilians have been killed in the recent
fighting in Sri Lanka. More than 100,000 people have now fled the war zone, but around 50,000 are still trapped behind Tamil Tiger barricades.
India has dispatched a delegation to Colombo to try to press the government for a ceasefire. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also demanded that international monitors be let in. The military believes that Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is trapped in a small patch of jungle with the last of his forces and the Sri Lankan government is unlikely to halt the offensive until he is killed or captured.
The Sri Lankan government is still blocking reporters' access to the front lines but the BBC's Charles Haviland got close and filed a chilling video report.
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