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Thousands flee to relief camps in Indian Kashmir because of border fighting

  • An Indian border girl displays a mortar shell allegedly fired from the Pakistan side of the border at Bainglad village in Samba sector, about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    An Indian border girl displays a mortar shell allegedly fired from the Pakistan side of the border at Bainglad village in Samba sector, about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian villagers look for their belongings from one of the houses damaged in an alleged firing by Pakistani troops at Bainglad village in Samba sector, about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Indian villagers look for their belongings from one of the houses damaged in an alleged firing by Pakistani troops at Bainglad village in Samba sector, about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers pay homage to their colleague who was killed in an India-Pakistan cross-border firing, in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed the Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers pay homage to their colleague who was killed in an India-Pakistan cross-border firing, in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed the Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say thousands of villagers in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have fled their homes because of artillery battles between Indian and Pakistani soldiers along their highly militarized border.

A senior official in Indian Kashmir, Shantmanu, said authorities have evacuated more than 6,000 people to relief camps as of Tuesday, nearly a week after the shelling broke out. He said 4,000 other people have fled their homes and are staying with relatives.

At least a dozen people have been killed in the border skirmishes.

No shelling was reported Tuesday, but tensions remain high in Kashmir. The Himalayan region is claimed by both India and Pakistan and is divided between them.

Indian officials have set up about 20 relief camps after many villagers fled their homes without their belongings.