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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:53 pm 
Tamil baby born at Lankan military checkpoint as mother flees

Latha, A Tamil woman gave birth to a baby boy at a military checkpoint hours after fleeing rebel-held areas in eastern Sri Lanka.

Colombo, Dec. 17 (AP): A Tamil woman gave birth to a baby boy at a military checkpoint hours after fleeing rebel-held areas in eastern Sri Lanka where thousands are trapped in heavy fighting, the military said on Sunday.

Female Sri Lankan soldiers helped Latha, who like some Tamils uses one name, to deliver the boy.

``Our soldiers noticed the woman in pain and called our women soldiers who realized that she was in a very advanced stage of pregnancy,'' said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe about Friday's incident.

Samarasinghe said Latha and her husband Udaya Kumaran earlier tried to escape the war-torn northeast but were separated. The husband was later located at a refugee camp and the two were reunited.

On Friday, the United Nations called on the rebels to let tens of thousands of Tamil civilians flee the area.

Samarasinghe said a total of 17 refugee camps have been set up. Heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels has taken place over the last few weeks.


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