Over 6,000 people flee from Pakistan to Afghanistan

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Civilians begin to flee new offensive against militants in Pakistan. Photo: IRIN/Umar Farooq

More than 6,000 refugees fleeing conflict in Pakistan have been registered in Afghanistan, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency says that women, men and children have trekked the mountainous terrain across Pakistan's border to seek safety in Afghanistan.

The refugees are being accommodated with local Afghan communities for now but UNHCR says those communities have limited capacity to look after them.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR Spokesperson in Geneva.

"Afghanistan is not normally a refugee-receiving country but there UNHCR is helping authorities in the eastern province of Khost to register and assist people fleeing the current offensive across the border involving the Pakistan's military on the one hand and Taliban militants in North Waziristan. Some 6,452 refugees from Pakistan had fled North Waziristan into the eastern Afghanistan."  (23″)

As an immediate response, UNHCR is providing tents and other basic relief items to the most vulnerable people.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food assistance, including sugar, rice, tea, beans and salt.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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