Fighting between government and militants in Pakistan displaces 181,000

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Displaced men wait to be registered at Jalozai camp

The number of people displaced in northwest Pakistan by an ongoing government security operation against militant groups has now surpassed 180,000, according to the UN's refugee agency.

In response, UNHCR has distributed 37,000 humanitarian relief kits which include items such as sleeping mats and jerrycans, while other UN agencies such as UNICEF, WHO and WFP are providing assistance in the areas of mother and child health, child protection, water and sanitation, primary education, distribution of food rations and vaccinations.

UNHCR Spokesman Adrian Edwards says significant numbers of new arrivals are approaching at the Jalozai camp for the internally displaced, which is located near the city of Peshawa.

"The operation is registering about ten thousand individuals a day. The vast majority of those registered, 85 percent choose not to live in the Jalozai camp, opting instead to stay with friends, relatives or in rented accommodation. Around 11,000 families, or more than 50 thousand individuals, have moved into Jalozai."

UNHCR says a total of more than 650,000 people are displaced in Pakistan's

Khyber Pakkhtunkhwa province and the FATA region.

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