Pakistan fighting could uproot 600,000 people - U.N.

Published on 10 February 2009

Fierce fighting in Pakistan's border area with Afghanistan could soon drive more than 600,000 people from their homes, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Spokesman Ron Redmond said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will ramp up its relief work in northwestern Pakistan, where security has deteriorated sharply since last year. [...] Redmond said the UNHCR had no news about the fate of the American head of its office in the southwest Pakistani city of Quetta, John Solecki, who was abducted last week after gunmen ambushed his car and shot dead his driver.

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