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    Earlier in the day, the Pakistani military accused the Indian Army of shelling civilians with "cluster munitions", with the latter fiercely denying the allegations.

    The Indian Army stated that it has prevented an attempt by an alleged Pakistani Border Action Team to infiltrate the Keran sector, ANI agency reported, citing sources. According to the Indian Army, five to seven Pakistani soldiers have been eliminated, and their bodies are reportedly lying at the Line of Control (LoC), as the military has not been able to retrieve them due to the heavy firing over the last 35 hours.

    The two countries have recently been engaged in heavy gunfire across the Line of Control (Loc), a military border separating the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the Kashmir region, an area disputed by both countries.

    Pakistan Accuses India of Using Cluster Bombs

    The ambassadors of Russia, China, France, and the UK have been briefed by Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, on the use of cluster bombs by India at the LoC on the civilian population, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry reported.

    On 3 August, the Pakistani military showed pictures of alleged pieces of cluster bombs that they claim were used against civilians by the Indian Army.

    The Indian Army denied the accusations and reported about potential militant attacks, supposedly backed by the Pakistani military, on a major Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir. 

    Tensions between the two countries have risen over the past months since Pakistan closed its airspace to India on 27 February. The decision came after a deadly attack on an Indian security convoy in Kashmir on 14 February that resulted in over 40 deaths. The attack was reportedly later claimed by the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

    Following the incident, India accused Pakistan of being behind the attack and supporting the terrorists, whose leader is based in Pakistan. Islamabad has rejected all the accusations.

    In response to the attack, the Indian Air Force carried out airstrikes against what it claimed to be a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in the Pakistani part of the disputed Kashmir region. The Pakistani military then shot down two Indian military jets that had crossed the line of control separating the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir.

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