Civilians suffer as firing continues along Indo-Pak border

Published October 8, 2014
A Pakistani villager displays mortar shrapnel allegedly fired across the border at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani villager displays mortar shrapnel allegedly fired across the border at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani woman gestures beneath the damaged roof of her house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani woman gestures beneath the damaged roof of her house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
An Indian villager poses for a photograph in a house in which two members of a family were reported to have been killed in an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
An Indian villager poses for a photograph in a house in which two members of a family were reported to have been killed in an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian villagers sit in a trailer as they prepare to leave the area following an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian villagers sit in a trailer as they prepare to leave the area following an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani women sit in their damaged house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani women sit in their damaged house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani resident points to bullet holes in the wall of his home, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani resident points to bullet holes in the wall of his home, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian villagers sit in a trailer as they prepare to leave the area following an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian villagers sit in a trailer as they prepare to leave the area following an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian villager Kartar Chand (80) describes an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in which two members of a family were reported to have been killed at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian villager Kartar Chand (80) describes an alleged cross-border exchange between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in which two members of a family were reported to have been killed at Chilayari village in Samba district, some 50 kms from Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani woman gestures as she sits beneath the damaged roof of her house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani woman gestures as she sits beneath the damaged roof of her house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani residents gather at a damaged house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani residents gather at a damaged house, allegedly caused by shells fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian residents reportedly injured in a cross-border exchange between Pakistani and Indian troops in the village of Samba arrive for treatment at the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian residents reportedly injured in a cross-border exchange between Pakistani and Indian troops in the village of Samba arrive for treatment at the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani villager points to a hole in his roof caused by a mortar shell allegedly fired across the border at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani villager points to a hole in his roof caused by a mortar shell allegedly fired across the border at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian residents bring a child reportedly injured in a cross-border exchange between Pakistani and Indian troops to a medical facility in Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Indian residents bring a child reportedly injured in a cross-border exchange between Pakistani and Indian troops to a medical facility in Jammu on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani villager women are seen through a hole in their house roof caused by a mortar shell allegedly fired across the border at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani villager women are seen through a hole in their house roof caused by a mortar shell allegedly fired across the border at the Dhamala border village near the city of Sialkot in Punjab on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A neighbor displays photographs of Poli Devi, left and Shakuntla Devi, two women allegedly killed in firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Chilyari village of Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AP
A neighbor displays photographs of Poli Devi, left and Shakuntla Devi, two women allegedly killed in firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Chilyari village of Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AP
Indian villagers sit in a tractor as they flee their homes fearing firing of the border at Chilyari village of Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AP
Indian villagers sit in a tractor as they flee their homes fearing firing of the border at Chilyari village of Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8, 2014. — Photo by AP

Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire in the disputed Kashmir region, worsening tensions between the long-time rivals, officials on both sides said Wednesday.

The fire exchanges, which had been termed as the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire, claimed lives of more than 20 civilians on both sides.

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