A military statement said troops captured the village of Sinna Paranthan, northwest of the rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi, on Tuesday. The statement said its fighter jets launched several air strikes against rebel positions again Wednesday in the northern Paranthan and Muahamalai areas. The rebel-affiliated Web site TamilNet said military air strikes hit a convent marked with a large red cross on its roof Tuesday. It said the strikes killed 85 cows near the convent and sent civilians fleeing from the area. Independent verification of either side’s claims is impossible because journalists are barred from entering the conflict zone.