Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in northern Jammu and Kashmir state on Thursday, May 30, continuing a week of similar operations targeting suspected Kashmiri militants in the region. The operation near Sopore is ongoing as of 10:15 (local time) and follows similar operations in Kulgam and Pulwama districts earlier this week. Mobile internet services are reportedly suspended in the area and other disruptions, including checkpoints and roadblocks, are likely.
The operation comes shortly after large protests were held in southern Kashmir on Wednesday, May 29, that left one person dead and around 100 others wounded. Residents staged large protests in Shopian and Kulgam districts in response to a security operation in the area. Indian military personnel reportedly fired live ammunition, resulting in the casualties. Further protests are possible in the region.
Separatists 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. Indian security personnel have been conducting frequent security operations and have clashed with suspected militants in recent days. These security operations often involve door-to-door searches and can result in the destruction of homes in Kashmiri villages.
Individuals in Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, anticipate telecommunication and transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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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