Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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PALESTINIANS MARK 1948 DISPLACEMENT

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza today to mark the 65th anniversary of their mass displacement during the war over Israel's 1948 creation.

Every May 15, Palestinians commemorate the "nakba," or "catastrophe" -- the term they use to describe the displacement. Hundreds of thousands fled or were driven out during the fighting.

The dispute over the fate of those Palestinians and their descendants, now numbering several million people, remains at the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

PAKISTAN BATTLES MILITANTS

PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- A new offensive by the Pakistani military against militants in a northwestern tribal area has displaced thousands of people in the past week, an official said today.

For years, Pakistan has been battling militant groups such as the Taliban in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. Civilians are often caught in the middle of the fighting, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced over the years of conflict.

About a week ago, the military launched a new push in Kurram, one of seven Pakistani tribal regions near the Afghan border, the official and displaced people said.

Details of the fighting have not been revealed so far but today, Mujahid Hussain, chief of disaster management efforts in the Kurram tribal area, said an estimated 35,000 and 49,000 have left their villages in the area.

CYCLONE APPROCHING MYANMAR

SITTWE, Myanmar -- A massive evacuation to clear low-lying camps ahead of a cyclone has run into a potentially deadly snag: Many members of the displaced Rohingya minority living there have refused to leave because they don't trust Myanmar authorities.

Around 140,000 people -- mostly Rohingya -- have been living in cramped tents and makeshift shelters in Rakhine state since last year, when two outbreaks of sectarian violence between the Muslim minority and ethnic Rahkine Buddhists forced many Rohingya from their homes. Nearly half those displaced are in coastal areas considered highly vulnerable to storm surges and flooding from Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall early Friday. …

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