Hun­dreds of schools shut af­ter deadly shelling

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HUN­DREDS of schools were or­dered to close in­def­i­nitely in Kashmir yes­ter­day af­ter a flare-up in vi­o­lence be­tween In­dian and Pak­istani se­cu­rity forces in the dis­puted re­gion left 14 civil­ians dead.

Au­thor­i­ties on the In­dian-ad­min­is­tered side said nearly 300 schools had been or­dered to shut from yes­ter­day morn­ing fol­low­ing the death of eight civil­ians in mor­tar shelling along the highly mil­i­tarised bor­der in the Jammu re­gion of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Nearly 300 schools, both pri­vate and gov­ern­ment-run have been asked to close in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts,” said Pawan Kot­wal, a top of­fi­cial in the civil­ian ad­min­stra­tion in Jammu.

He said the bor­der re­mained rel­a­tively calm overnight with only few in­ci­dents of cross-bor­der fir­ing re­ported in some ar­eas.

Eight civil­ians, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were killed on Novem­ber 1 when mor­tar shells hit two lo­ca­tions in Samba and Ra­jouri sec­tors.

On Oc­to­ber 31, Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties said six civil­ians, in­clud­ing an 18-month-old girl, had been killed on its side of the bor­der in fir­ing by In­dian se­cu­rity forces.

Is­lam­abad sum­moned a se­nior In­dian diplo­mat to protest over the killings.

In­dia and Pak­istan’s armies have reg­u­larly ex­changed fire across the Line of Con­trol – the de facto bor­der in Kashmir – as well as along the undis­puted part of their bor­der since a mil­i­tant at­tack on an In­dian army base on Septem­ber 18 left 19 sol­diers dead. –

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