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Sri Lankan Govt warns Tigers of final assault -

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Reporter: Tony Jones

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Tamil Tigers have vowed they will never surrender, despite the Sri
Lankan Government threatening to launch a final assault against the rebels.

The UN is warning an attack risks the lives of thousands of children trapped in the war zone.

The Tamil Tigers claimed that yesterday's fighting was a bloodbath which killed 1,000 civilians and
injured more than 2,000.

While Sri Lankan authorities have denied the claims, pictures have emerged of injured and desperate
people at a temporary field hospital.

The Sri Lankan military says tens of thousands of civilians have fled the Tigers' last stronghold.

The United Nations Children's Fund says many more could still be trapped, with the rebels
preventing them from escaping.