스리랑카 정부군과 타밀 타이거 반군과의 교전에서, 적어도 40명의 반군이 숨지고, 70명이 다쳤다고 스리랑카 정부관리가 말했습니다.

스리랑카군은 2일, 항구도시 트린코말리 주변에서 벌어진 전투로 정부군 병사 다섯명 역시 사망했다고 밝혔습니다. 스리랑카 반군은 트린코말리 인근의 민간인 거주지역 무투르를 포격해 최소한 두 명의 민간인이 숨졌습니다.

스리랑카 정부군과 반군이 8일째 전투를 벌이면서, 일부 관측통들은 강도가 높진않지만 내전상태가 되돌아왔다고 말하고있습니다.

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Sri Lankan officials say government forces have killed at least 40 Tamil Tigers and wounded 70 others during a rebel attack on strategic areas in the country's northeast.

Military officials say five government troops were also killed in the fighting early today (Wednesday) around the port of Trincomalee. The rebels say they overran four military outposts, but authorities in Colombo say the rebels have made no territorial gains.

Rebels also fired mortar shells into a civilian area in Muttur near Trincomalee, killing at least two civilians.

It was the eighth straight day of fighting, which some observers say amounts to a return to low-intensity civil war.

The clashes began when Tamil rebels had blocked a waterway that provides irrigation for government-held land. Sri Lankan warplanes have mainly focused on reclaiming the water reservoir.