Thousands of Pakistanis flee to Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Kabul, 6 October /corr. Trend A.Hakimi / Fierce clashes in Pakistan have forced more than 5,000 families to flee into neighbouring Afghanistan, the Refugee Ministry says.
The ongoing military operations in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal area have forced many families to move to the relative safety of Afghanistan's capital Kabul and the country's north-eastern Kunar province, the ministry said.
The majority end up in Kunar, on the Pakistan border, with only 220 families seeking refuge in Kabul.
The United Nations and the Red Cross have started to deliver first aid to the families, who have fled a Pakistani military crack-down on Islamic militants in the country's tribal areas.
The Pakistani military said it had so far killed more than 1,000 militants and wounded 2,000 more during an operation, launched in August, to flush out rebel fighters in Bajaur.
The military has ordered Afghan refugees to leave the camp in Bajaur ahead of more fighting.
More than 20 Pakistani families have sought refuge in the Chaman Babrak area of Kabul.
One of the refugees, Ghulam Hussain, who has four children, said his family had gone without food for many days and that no organisation had come to help them.