Thousands flee border as fighting between India and Pakistan escalates

January 4, 2015 at 17:17 (Uncategorized)

EASTERN CONFLICTS

Indian Troops Photo:thehindu Indian Troops Photo:thehindu

Tensions on one of the world’s most fortified borders have escalated over the last two weeks. On New Year’s Eve, days of cross-border skirmishes escalated into hours of heavy cross-border fire between Indian and Pakistani forces over the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Fighting then proliferated to the actual India-Pakistan border. One Indian soldier was killed, along with four Pakistanis. The fatalities came after India’s defense minister said his country would intensify retaliations against Pakistan for border violations. But tensions have continued and January 3 witnessed more deadly fighting. Overnight, fighting broke out in the Kathua and Samba districts in Jammu and Kashmir. Both Kathua and Samba have been the focus of recent tensions. India said thirteen of its border positions and several villages were targeted with shelling by heavy Pakistani mortars. India said one civilian was killed in the fighting…

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