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    Sri Lankan civilians 'escape' rebel stronghold - 22 Apr 09

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    Sri Lanka's government has restricted access to the conflict zone where it is fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), making it impossible to verify claims of casualties made by both sides.

    But in an Al Jazeera exclusive, David Chater went on patrol with the Sri Lankan navy as it rescued civilians fleeing heavy fighting off the country's northeastern coast.

    He reports on what has been described as a "humanitarian disaster" from the government's side of the battlefront.