Schools Shut Down In Jammu As Pak Shelling Continues

As Pakistani army continues firing along Line of Control violating cease-fire agreement, the Jammu & Kashmir authorities decided to close down the schools indefinitely in order to avoid more casualties. Two persons were killed and three injured so far in the shelling

Jammu: As shelling by Pakistani forces continued, schools along the Line of Control in Rajouri of Jammu & Kashmir remained shut for the third consecutive day. After two persons were killed in firing the authorities ordered the closure of schools till further notice. The army also shut schools in Balakote sector in Poonch and asked people not to move out in border areas.

Schools situated along LoC in Rajouri were closed after a woman was killed and two others including her husband were injured in the firing by Pakistani forces on the intervening night of 10-11 May.

The Pakistani forces have upped their assault along Line of Control. Two persons were killed and three injured when Pak army fired mortar bombs and automatic weapons in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary informed that they have asked the school management along the LoC in Rajouri district to close the schools for an indefinite period.

The gunfire has severely affected five-six hamlets along the LoC including Sheri Makeri, Namkdali, Jangarh, Laam, Bhawani and Khamba belts. It is the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in recent days.

Around 27 families were affected due to the firing in which many houses, including a school, were damaged partially or severely, the officer said. More than 40 farm animals were also reportedly killed in the incident, he added.

As the firing continued, two relief camps were established in Nowshera in which 150 people were settled. The district administration is all geared up to set up additional camps that may be necessary in case of further ceasefire violation.

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