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Over 180,000 displceed by Pakistan operation

Over 180,000 displceed by Pakistan operation

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Apr 13, 2012 - 16:30

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): An ongoing security operation in northwestern Pakistaninfo-icon has displaced more than 180,000 people, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.

About 10,000 new arrivals were being registered daily by officials at the Jalozai camp near Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a statement from UNHCR said.

“The vast majority of those registered -- 85 per cent -- choose not to live in the camp, opting instead to stay with friends, relatives or in rented accommodation,” the agency said.

Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the agency, told journalists in Geneva they had distributed more than 37,000 humanitarian kits. UNICEF and Worldinfo-icon Healthinfo-icon Organisation are also providing aid.

UNHCR's response is part of an inter-agency effort supporting the government's Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), he said, adding 72 desks were registering about 10,000 people a day in Jalozai.

Over 4,000 additional tents have been erected in the area to house the new arrivals. "Systems are also in place to identify and assist those with particular protection concerns," said Edwards.

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