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Another civilian dies in Kashmir, death toll rises to 62

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SRINAGAR, INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR: Unrest in the occupied valley of Kashmir continued today after another Kashmiri died during clashes with Indian troops, pushing the death toll to 62.

A curfew continued to be in force across in large parts of the territory for the 26th consecutive day on Wednesday.

Schools and businesses remained shut and internet services suspended due to a strike called by separatists demanding an end to Indian rule in the region.

Despite an information blackout, reports of a severe food crisis in the scenic valley emerged since shops selling food items were also closed since days.

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Thousands of civilians have been injured in weeks of violence in Kashmir, sparked by the death of a popular commander, Burhan Wani, on July 8 in a firefight with Indian forces.

Nearly 100 protesters and police were injured in clashes last Friday as authorities sought to block a rally called by separatist groups opposed to Indian rule, officials said.

Hurriyat leaders have requested a complete shutdown until August 5 against the Indian aggression in the troubled territory.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two won independence from Britain in 1947 and claimed the territory in its entirety later.

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Several groups have been fighting for decades an estimated 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the restive territory, demanding independence for the region or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, most civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989 when the armed rebellion against Indian rule of the Himalayan territory began.

India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and sending rebels across the de facto border known as Line of Control, to launch attacks on its forces.

However, Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for its right to self-determination.

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