The bishops of Jaffna say that 80 people have been killed and 230 injured in the government safety zones over a 48-hour period of conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tiger rebel group (LTTE).

Caritas says that the conflict in Sri Lanka must end immediately to protect civilians caught in the crossfire and all sides must pursue a negotiated peace settlement.

Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of 162 national Catholic charities including Caritas Sri Lanka, says that aid agencies must also be allowed access to the affected population.