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In pictures: School fear in Sri Lanka

Children run for shelter

Sri Lankan airforce planes fly over the northern Tamil district of Kilinochchi. The planes were not attacking this area, but everyone rushed for shelter.

Frightened children

Children huddle for safety. Many innocent civilians have been killed in a war that has left more than 70,000 dead.

Teachers take shelter in drains.

Here teachers take shelter in drains. The heaviest fighting is now further north. The military says it is inflicting heavy defeats on the Tamil Tigers who want a separate homeland for Tamils.

People shelter under a tree

People wait under a tree for the flights to finish. A ceasefire in 2002 brought hopes for peace but collapsed a long time ago.

Mother with children

The war has had a terrible impact on civilian life. Recent months have also seen a string of Tamil Tiger attacks on civilian targets in the capital, Colombo




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