Srinagar-Leh highway closed for civilian traffic after fresh India-China clash: Report

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After fresh clashes between India and China, the Srinagar-Leh highway has been closed for the civilians in view of the fresh “provocative” military movements by the Chinese troops on the intervening night of August 29-30 in eastern Ladakh, reported India Today.

The Srinagar-Leh highway has been closed for the civilians with immediate effect, while the road will remain open only for the defence forces and vehicles.

On Monday, in a statement the Indian Army said that the Chinese troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake area in eastern Ladakh.

In a statement, the defence ministry said: “On the night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.”

The Indian troops detected activity by a sizeable number of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during the night, the Army said.

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