On Friday, Indian and Pakistani forces launched their largest artillery battle in several months, killing more than 10 people and wounding dozens on both sides of the conflict. Officials said the borders of Kashmir.
Officials on both sides said that at least five separate clashes – including bombing and shooting – have been reported along the 740-kilometer (460-mile) ceasefire line that has separated the two nuclear-armed foes over the past seven decades.. .
Hundreds of villagers have been turned away from the so-called Line of Control (LoC) in Indian-controlled territory, while Pakistani officials said dozens of homes were set on fire due to Indian shelling on their side.. .
The new peak in tensions came just five days after three Indian soldiers and three armed men were killed in an exchange along the Line of Control.. India is also involved in a border confrontation with the Chinese army in the Himalayas.
The latest fighting broke out on Friday morning, and shelling continued into the night hours, according to residents.
A statement by the Indian army said that « Pakistan used mortar shells and other weapons » and « intentionally targeted civilian areas. ».
Three Indian soldiers were killed and three wounded in the Kiran border sector. Kashmir police said three civilians were killed, at least three were seriously injured, and one man lost both legs.
On the other side of the border, Raja Farooq Haider, a prominent minister in Pakistani Kashmir, announced that five people were killed and 31 others were injured in intense bombardment on the valleys of Neelum and Jhelum. .
« How long should we bear such heavy losses? » He said in a message on Twitter addressed to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A prominent local official in Neelum, Raja Shahid Mahmud, confirmed casualties and said shelling was continuing late Friday.. .
Indian officers said that fighting erupted when armed men attempted to cross into Indian-held territory at the northern end of the Line of Control..
The military statement said that the Indian forces « responded forcefully and inflicted massive damage on the infrastructure of the Pakistani army and casualties, » adding that ammunition depots and forward bases were exposed..
The two sides regularly organize artillery duels across the Line of Control, always blaming each other for the clashes.
Kashmir has been divided between the two countries since their angry separation in 1947. He’s been the cause of two of their three wars since then.
Both countries claim the entire Himalayan region, where India has also been fighting an insurgency that has left tens of thousands of dead since 1989.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit troops in a border region on Saturday for Diwali, the biggest Hindu holiday of the year, according to media reports.. Modi, who portrays himself as a hard-liner in terms of security, has spent every Diwali holiday with the military since he became the country’s leader in 2014..
Modi launched what he called « surgical strikes » inside Pakistani Kashmir in 2016 after militants attacked an Indian base, killing 19 soldiers. . Neighbors launched air strikes against each other last year after a suicide attack in which more than 45 Indian soldiers were killed.
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