Kashmir: Civilians Flee as Border Clashes Continue

kashmir_rel_2003Gunfire and mortar shells across the India-and Pakistan-administered Kashmir have forced tens of thousands of villagers to flee their homes. At least 16 people have been killed since the conflict last Friday- nine of them Pakistani and seven of them Indian (BBC). TV broadcasts from both countries displayed images of homes destroyed by mortars and riddled with bullets (Aljazeera). Military officials from both sides have accused each other of starting the hostilities.

This episode has been one of the worst violations of a 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan (Aljazeera). The violence has spread to more points along the 125-mile border between Pakistan’s Punjab province and the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir (The Guardian). India and Pakistan have engaged in two wars since 1947 over control of the Himalayan region.

 

Sources:

BBC

Aljazeera

The Guardian

 

Author: Jessica Rodriguez, The India Center Fellow

Jessica Rodriguez