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Deadly clashes and simmering hostility in Kashmir

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Kashmiri Muslims flee as Indian armed forces fire live rounds, tear gas shells and metal pellets into crowds. Photo: Yawar Nazir / Getty Images

At least 20 soldiers, civilians and insurgents were killed and 200 wounded this week in clashes between Indian troops and Kashmiris who had taken to to the streets to protest Indian rule. Stones were hurled at the soldiers, who responded with live rounds and iron pellets.

The big picture: This was the deadliest outbreak of fighting the region has seen this year, but Kashmiris have lived in the heart of the India–Pakistan conflict since the two countries — with Kashmir caught in the middle — split in 1947. Now, they've built up more than half a century of distrust, and Kashmir remains one of the most hotly-contested territories in the world.