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Pakistan air raids trigger exodus

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 00:55

Feb. 26 - Residents flee a new wave of Pakistan army airstrikes in the tribal region of North Waziristan. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The roads out of the North Waziristan are packed with residents fleeing a new campaign of air strikes by the Pakistani military. Fighter jets have been pounding targets in the tribal region since efforts to open peace talks with Taliban insurgents broke down this month. At least 30 people have been killed. Rumours of a full-scale military offensive are adding further fuel to the exodus. (SOUNDBITE)(Urdu) MOHIB ULLAH, REFUGEE FROM SHAWAL VALLEY, SAYING: "We're very fearful - that's why we've left behind our houses, our land, our shops, our businesses, everything, and we're going away." It's impossible to verify how many civilians could be among the dead and wounded. Journalists and independent observers aren't allowed to operate freely in the area. Some of those fleeing the area say the government's doing nothing to help those whose homes have been hit in the air strikes.

Pakistan air raids trigger exodus

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 00:55

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