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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kyrgyz unrest

From RussiaToday — June 11, 2010 — At least 45 people have been killed and more than 600 injured in Kyrgyzstan's second largest city - Osh. The clashes are said to be fueled by inter-ethnic tension between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. People are building barricades, fearing a night of riots as crowds flock to the city. A curfew and a state of emergency have been imposed. Fighting sparked late on Thursday as gangs of youths clashed in the center - shops were looted and cars torched. Andrew McEntee, an International human rights lawyer and former European security observer in Kyrgyzstan, lays out his view on the latest events in the country.

MoxNewsDotCom — June 12, 2010 Russia Today
Kyrgyzstan In CHAOS!

Uzbeks flee Kyrgyzstan violence | June 12, 2010 —

Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks are trying to escape southern Kyrgyzstan after clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks killed dozens of people in the city of Osh.

The Uzbeks are trying to cross the border into Uzbekistan.

The Kyrgyz interim government has admitted that it has lost control of Osh, the country's second largest city, and has asked for Russian help to quell the violence.

Al Jazeera's Robin Forstier-Walker reports from the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border.

Kyrgyz clashes spiral out of control,, Moscow won't interfere

RussiaToday — June 12, 2010 — The Kyrgyz provisional government has declared a state of emergency in another southern town, as inter-ethnic violence spreads to Dhzalal-Abad. Thousands have reportedly gathered there demanding to be taken to the nearby town of Osh, where more than 60 have been killed and hundreds wounded in fighting between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. Earlier Kyrgyzstan's leaders called on Russia to send peacekeepers to help end the violence. Moscow has sent a plane to the country with humanitarian aid and offered to help tend to the wounded. But President Medvedev says Moscow will not get involved in the crisis, as it is an internal affair of Kyrgyzstan.