India reportedly suspended mobile internet services in parts of Jammu & Kashmir state beginning Sunday, July 7, in anticipation of protests and strikes on Monday, July 8. Mobile internet connectivity was disrupted in Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, and Shopian districts as pro-separatist groups called for protests on Monday, the three-year anniversary of the death of Burhan Wani, a former Kashmiri militant. Work stoppages and protests are likely on Monday along with associated disruptions and a heightened security presence; clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed and many more 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 weeks.
Individuals in Jammu & Kashmir state, particularly the abovementioned districts, are advised to monitor the situation, maintain redundant modes of communication, anticipate telecommunication and transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to instructions issued by 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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