500,000 people flee as Pakistan battle Taliban

Writing in The New York Times, Dexter Filkins and Alan Cowell report (click here for full story) up to half a million people have been displaced by recent fighting between Pakistani forces and Taliban fighters.

William Spindler, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, said that up to 200,000 people had arrived in safe areas over the past few days and that there could be another 300,000 on the move or about to flee areas in northwestern Pakistan. “We could be talking about a total of one million” since last August including the latest displaced people, he said. The figure is much higher than previously reported by international organizations.

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