A relief ship has arrived in northern Sri Lanka to deliver supplies for people cut off by fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces.
The ship was filled with 1,500 tons of food, medicine and other supplies for civilians in the Jaffna peninsula.
International Committee of the Red Cross officials said both sides to the conflict have promised a safe passage for the ship.
A passenger ferry also was due to arrive in the north Friday to evacuate 150 foreigners caught in the fighting for nearly two weeks.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's military said five rebels were killed late Thursday in a clash with troops in the northeastern Batticaloa area.
The United Nations says 170,000 people have fled their homes to escape the violence.
Some information in this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters