Forty-three civilians & 120 militants were killed in the first six months of 2019 in Kashmir, mostly in Indian army hunt to kill operations. Among the 43 civilians, nine of whom were children, 14 were killed by Indian occupying forces or police, 12 were killed by ‘unidentified gunmen’ who might have been undercover agents, 8 civilians died in reckless crossfire in the border areas with Pakistan, 5 were killed by ‘suspected militants’, & 3 died in explosions set off by unidentified agencies.
In addition to the large number of deaths, 95 Kashmiris were injured by pellet guns, mostly in their eyes, including three who died from their injuries. In these operations, civilian property continues to be vandalized & destroyed, including livestock.
The report issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) says 108 Indian army personnel were also killed, 80 of them in the 177 hunt to kill operations carried out this year by the occupying army. These deaths cannot be blamed on Kashmiri resistance but only on the Indian government for its violent occupation of over 700,000 troops.
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(Photo from Independent)