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At least 400,000 displaced by Kyrgyzstan unrest: UN

Friday, June 18, 2010 09:34:05 AM, Agencies

Ethnic Uzbeks, who fled southern Kyrgyzstan, cross the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border as they return back to Kyrgyzstan near the southern city of Osh.

(Photo: Associated Press)

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Geneva: Deadly inter-ethnic clashes that erupted in Kyrgyzstan a week ago have forced at least 400,000 people to flee the country or their home, the UN said today.

"According to the latest estimates of UN agencies, there are at least 400,000 refugees or displaced," UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told AFP.

The number who had taken refuge in neighbouring Uzbekistan was "estimated at between 75,000 and 100,000 people, counting only the adults," she said.

"Our estimates of the number of displaced is now about 300,000 people," Byrs said.

Many refugees are running short of basic supplies and fear fresh attacks. In one camp, clay houses were crammed with dozens of refugees and many others are having to sleep rough.

At least 191 people have been killed since June 10 in south Kyrgyzstan in clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. The government says the death toll is several times higher.


The army has set up checkpoints around Osh but its security presence is low. Groups of men armed with AK-47s patrolled the streets. It was unclear where their allegiance lay.

Several Uzbeks were attacked after crossing into the Kyrgyz side to visit a hospital, observers on the ground said.

"It's extremely tense. It's highly flammable. Uzbeks and Kyrgyz are completely separated," Ole Solvang, an observer from Human Rights Watch, said during a visit to Osh, the country's second largest city which is close to the Uzbek border.

Home to US and Russian air bases, Kyrgyzstan has been turbulent since a revolt in April toppled its president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and brought an interim government to power.






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