Monday, May 11, 2009

Clashes in Swat - Thousands Flee

Posted on/at 10:58 AM by IDP Relief

There have been clashes in neighbouring areas of Swat in Buner and Lower Dir districts of Swat, where the son of a prominent cleric was killed in due to shelling and heavy fighting. Thousands of terrified residents are fleeing crammed onto trucks, even on foot, with only the possessions they can carry. As Pakistani aircraft bombard Taliban positions in the area, officials fear up to half a million refugees could join the exodus. The fighting now stretches across a 50-mile area of north west Pakistan, less than 100 miles from the capital Islamabad.

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