Thousands flee tribal region as Pakistan gears up for offensive

June 23, 2014 7:56 AM

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Thousands flee tribal region as Pakistan gears up for offensive

PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's military on Monday gave residents of North Waziristan until the end of the day to leave the remote mountainous region ahead of a widely anticipated major ground offensive by the army against Islamist militants.

At least 430,000 people have fled the region into nearby areas of Pakistan as well as neighboring Afghanistan, the biggest movement of refugees in Pakistan in years.

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