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Sri Lanka war refugees leaving military camps

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Thousands of displaced Sri Lankans have begun leaving military-run camps opened up by the government in the north.

The camps house about 130,000 people driven from their homes during the offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels earlier this year.

The general in charge of the biggest camp told the BBC people were free to leave temporarily - after giving their details so they can be monitored.

Charles Haviland reports.

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