Quarter of a million Pakistanis flee fighting in Khyber

April 4, 2012 21:29


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NEW DELHI - A quarter of a million Pakistanis are in desperate need of food, water and medicine after being forced to flee their homes due to intensified fighting between the army and militants near the Afghan border, a leading aid group warned on Wednesday.

Save the Children says hundreds of thousands of people living in the volatile Khyber Agency have flooded into neighboring areas of Nowshera and Peshawar since January due to military operations against the Pakistani Taliban.

"We have 250,000 people currently displaced, of which 60,000 people were displaced in the last week alone and they are desperate for basic life-saving aid," Faris Kasim, Save the Children's spokesman, told AlertNet by phone from Islamabad.

"This is a serious humanitarian crisis and if fighting continues, we estimate that more than half a million are likely to be displaced. They are severely deprived and they need support from the international community and the government."

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