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38 civilians killed in Sri Lankan war

At least 38 civilians have been killed and 140 others wounded in government artillery attacks and air raids on a tiny rebel-controlled territory in Sri Lanka, a health official says.

At least 38 civilians have been killed and 140 others wounded in government artillery attacks and air raids on a tiny rebel-controlled territory in Sri Lanka, a health official says.

The attack was carried out in an area that included a government designated "no-fire zone," said Dr. Thurairaja Varatharaja, who works in the embattled region.

He said 13 members of an extended family were killed early Wednesday when artillery hit their home in Idaikkadu village.

Another 25 dead bodies were brought to his hospital after the air force carried out two raids Wednesday, Varatharaja said. He said witnesses noted as many as 80 civilians may have been killed in the strikes.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara denied targeting civilians, saying that the military only hit rebel positions.

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