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Tuesday, 18 July, 2000, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Tigers accused of using elderly fighters

The Sri Lankan government has accused the rebel Tamil Tigers of using elderly civilians as fighters.

A government statement said that the rebel movement had been driven to this measure because it had lost more than nine-hundred fighters since the separatist conflict on the island intensified at the end of March.

The statement said the casualty figure had been obtained by monitoring rebel radio.

It said more than fifty of those killed in recent fighting had been old people.

The government did not give casualty figures for its own side.

Several human rights groups have already accused the Tigers of forcibly recruiting young children breaking a commitment to the United Nations two years ago to stop the practice.

The Tigers force is much smaller than the Sri Lankan army.

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