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Aid agencies warn of huge humanitarian needs caused by conflict in northwest Pakistan

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 04 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2250
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The humanitarian situation is dire for hundreds of thousands of people trapped by the conflict in northwest Pakistan, according to United Nations agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and senior Pakistani officials.

    More than two million people have been displaced by fighting since early May, said the officials. They have highlighted the particular need for drugs, surgical supplies, and medical equipment in areas that have witnessed heavy fighting in recent days, such as the Swat valley, where more than 200 000 people have been trapped.

    Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the widening of the conflict in the tribal region of South Waziristan, a stronghold …

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