Protests broke out in and around Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir region) on Sunday, February 10. According to local sources, the protests broke out in response to a security operation by Indian forces earlier on Sunday that led to the death of at least five suspected militants. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area in the coming hours and days.
Insurgents have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Some 70,000 people have died and many more have been injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns. Recently, the Indian government has conducted several security operations in the region amid rising tensions and sporadic violence.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. As a reminder, some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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