17 Lankan refugees take refuge in Mandapam camp

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Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, June 11 (UNI) Seventeen Sri Lankan Tamil nationals, including three girls, took refuge in the Special Refugee Camp for Tamil refugees at Mandapam, here today.

Official sources told UNI that the refugees, hailing from Jaffna region of the island nation, had arrived in Tamil Nadu recently with valid documents.

The refugees registered their names with the authorities of the Special Refugee Camp and were housed at the camp today. With the arrival of fresh batch of refugees, the strength of the camp, the largest in the State, rose to 3,162, the sources added.

It may be recalled that there had been a heavy influx of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka in the last couple of months following renewed fighting between the Lankan Army and Tamil rebels.

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