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Civilians Bear Brunt Of Kashmir Fighting

At least nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed by cross-border shelling in Kashmir during the past week, in some of the heaviest fighting between the two countries in a decade. Thousands of people on both sides have fled their homes. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Muslim-majority territory since the end of British colonial rule on the subcontinent in 1947.

A Pakistani woman is seen through the hole in her roof, which was allegedly punctured by Indian shells, in the border village of Dhamala Hakimwala in Punjab Province, Pakistan.
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A Pakistani woman is seen through the hole in her roof, which was allegedly punctured by Indian shells, in the border village of Dhamala Hakimwala in Punjab Province, Pakistan.

A Pakistani villager holds up a pot with fragments of mortar shells, which locals say were fired from the Indian side of the disputed border in Kashmir.
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A Pakistani villager holds up a pot with fragments of mortar shells, which locals say were fired from the Indian side of the disputed border in Kashmir.

Pakistani villagers and their children leaving Dhamala Hakimwala to seek safety elsewhere. Thousands of people have fled to refugee camps.
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Pakistani villagers and their children leaving Dhamala Hakimwala to seek safety elsewhere. Thousands of people have fled to refugee camps.

A Pakistani villager in Dhamala Hakimwala stands in the doorway of a house that was damaged in a recent exchange of fire with India.
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A Pakistani villager in Dhamala Hakimwala stands in the doorway of a house that was damaged in a recent exchange of fire with India.

An Indian border guard is brought to a hospital in Jammu, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on October 9. The Indian authorities said he was wounded during a cross-border exchange with Pakistani soldiers.
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An Indian border guard is brought to a hospital in Jammu, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on October 9. The Indian authorities said he was wounded during a cross-border exchange with Pakistani soldiers.

Indian villagers flee on a tractor trailer from areas allegedly shelled by Pakistan, in Chalyari village, 65 kilometers from Jammu.
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Indian villagers flee on a tractor trailer from areas allegedly shelled by Pakistan, in Chalyari village, 65 kilometers from Jammu.

An Indian villager covers the body of a cow allegedly killed by Pakistani fire, in the village of Arnia, 45 kilometers from Jammu.
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An Indian villager covers the body of a cow allegedly killed by Pakistani fire, in the village of Arnia, 45 kilometers from Jammu.

An Indian villager carries a child past a pock-marked house where four members of a family were reported to have been killed in cross-border exchanges, in Mashe de Kothe village, some 55 kilometers from Jammu.
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An Indian villager carries a child past a pock-marked house where four members of a family were reported to have been killed in cross-border exchanges, in Mashe de Kothe village, some 55 kilometers from Jammu.

Indian children sleep at a community hall in Ranbir Singh Pura village, about 25 kilometers from Jammu, on October 9. Families were taking refuge there to avoid alleged Pakistani shelling.
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Indian children sleep at a community hall in Ranbir Singh Pura village, about 25 kilometers from Jammu, on October 9. Families were taking refuge there to avoid alleged Pakistani shelling.

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