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Hospitals in Kashmir overwhelmed after days of violence

  • Kashmiri villagers carry placards and shout freedom slogans during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fifth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. Placards in Urdu read, from right, "We have nourished Kashmir with blood. It belongs to us," "This is our nation we will decide its fate," and "Freedom is our right." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri villagers carry placards and shout freedom slogans during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fifth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. Placards in Urdu read, from right, "We have nourished Kashmir with blood. It belongs to us," "This is our nation we will decide its fate," and "Freedom is our right." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kashmiri man speaks with Indian soldiers for permission to cross a road during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fifth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. ( AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    A Kashmiri man speaks with Indian soldiers for permission to cross a road during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fifth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. ( AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fifth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. ( AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fifth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. ( AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Hospitals in India's portion of Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops that have killed at least 31 people.

A doctor at the region's main government hospital said Wednesday that staff had performed more eye surgeries in the last three days than they had in three years. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to talk to reporters.

The violence erupted over the weekend after government troops killed a top leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest rebel group fighting Indian rule in the troubled Himalayan region.

Around 1,400 people have been wounded in the violence, with troops using live ammunition and rubber pellets to try and quell angry crowds.