Over 50,000 flee Pak's Mohmand tribal region

A total of 3,749 families have registered with authorities at relief camps set up for the displaced people in Mohamand Agency, the officials said.

Women and children constitute a majority of the displaced the number of children forced to flee their homes is over 15,000, they said.

Iftikhar Aziz, the Protection Officer of Mohmand Agency, told PTI that people are still fleeing their homes to move to safer places.

Many displaced people have taken shelter with relatives and friends in the region, he said.

A total of 2,603 families, comprising 23,200 people, registered at the relief camp at Kashmir Kore while 1,146 families had registered at another camp in Danish Kol, officials said.

Authorities have set up 1,500 tents are at these camps.
The military has used combat aircraft, heavy artillery and ground forces to target militants in Saafi, Khwezai, Pindyali and Ambar areas of Mohmand Agency.

Nearly 100 rebels have been killed so far, officials said.
There have been reports of casualties among the security forces and civilians but this could not be independently confirmed.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently said the influx of people displaced by the military operation in Mohmand Agency was "rapidly rising" and around 6,000 displaced families were expected.

This is the latest offensive launched by the Pakistani military in the volatile tribal region, where troops have battled Taliban fighters for the past three years.

The military has said it is hopeful that the displaced people in Mohmand Agency will be able to return to their homes soon.

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