Some 10,000 Tamil refugees living in an open camp in a Catholic town in northwestern Sri Lanka have been shifted out after the military captured the area, a senior government official said.
    Half of the refugees had been sent back to their homes, which they had fled in the fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, N.A. Obadage, chairman of the Resettlement and Rehabilitation Authority of the North, told a meeting of the local Foreign Correspondent's Association late on Monday.
    Refugees from regions still under rebel control were moved to welfare centres in other areas, he said.
    The government runs several refugee camps or welfare centres in the northwestern coastal town of Mannar, northern Vavuniya and the eastern port city of Trincomalee.
    He said some 4,500 people had been sent to the former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel stronghold of northern Jaffna peninsula from Trincomalee.
    Reuters 1:06pm 9/6/99

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