AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
PESHAWAR: Nearly half a million Pakistanis are estimated to have fled fighting between soldiers and militia on the Afghan border with more than 264,000 registered for aid, officials said Monday.
Authorities say increasing numbers of women and children are fleeing Khyber, a stronghold of Al-Qaeda and Taliban.
More than 500 families are arriving on a daily basis at Jalozai camp, near the northwestern city of Peshawar, camp administrator Noor Akbar said. So far, 56,842 families or 264,253 individuals have been registered.
Save the Children said it estimated that 63,000 families, or nearly half a million people, have already been displaced from Khyber.
Save the Children estimates that over 600,000 in total will be displaced if military operations continue. Last month, the UN refugee agency said more than 181,000 people had fled the fighting and that 85 per cent of those registered chose not live in Jalozai.
The fighting started on January 20 when government troops attacked militant groups in the Khyber.
Officials say the fighting is concentrated in a large area, home to scores of settlements, between Tirah valley and Bara town on the outskirts of Peshawar.