Pakistani forces reportedly exchanged artillery and small arms fire with Indian military units across the Azad Jammu and Kashmir line of control on Friday, November 13, with at least one civilian being killed. The clashes reportedly erupted around 12:00 (local time) in the Rakhchikri and Khanjar areas of the disputed region, although Indian sources claimed that exchanges also occurred in several other locations along the line of control. At least seven fatalities, including three civilians, were also reported in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the clashes. It is currently unclear what sparked the clashes, but both sides routinely blame the other for initiating cross-border exchanges.
Further exchanges of artillery and small arms fire are likely along the Jammu and Kashmir line of control in the medium term.
Those in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir territory are advised to monitor developments, avoid areas with active clashes or security operations, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
Some foreign governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of the Kashmir region, notably including areas along the line of control, due to the significant risk of violence.
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