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UN Suspends Aid Flights to Pakistan Quake Area


The United Nations says it has temporarily suspended earthquake relief flights to an area in Pakistani Kashmir after survivors stormed two U.N. helicopters.

U.N. officials say groups of people forced their way onto the helicopters Friday in the Leepa region and demanded to be taken to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir. Officials say at least 20 people who refused to leave the helicopters were flown to the region's capital.

Helicopters have been crucial in relief efforts in Pakistan where heavy snow from the harsh Himalayan winter has blocked land routes for aid delivery in remote areas.

The October 8 earthquake killed an estimated 80,000 people and left more than three million homeless, mostly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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