The Kyrgyz interim government has asked Russia to send peacekeeping forces to help quell the unrest in the south of the country. Ethnic clashes in the city of Osh have now left more than 60 dead and hundreds wounded.
800 who have asked for medical assistance, approximately 50 are in a grave condition.
“The situation is spinning out of control. We need foreign military help and we have asked Russia to send it. We must do our utmost to save people's lives. There are reports that armaments and weapons have fallen into the hands of raging gangs in Osh. The security forces in the capital Bishkek are on high alert following the events of yesterday, when mobs demanded guns and buses to go to the south,” head of the interim government Roza Otunbayeva said.
The country’s authorities have dispatched troops to the troubled area in an effort to bring the situation under control.
“The situation remains tense. Army and police are unable to control the city. It's in chaos,” independent journalist Pavel Gromsky told RT on Saturday. “Residential districts populated by Uzbeks are being destroyed one by one. Women are being raped, people are being hanged, houses burnt, people are being killed indiscriminately, the city is being plundered. Shops, cafes, restaurants are being looted. The curfew is not helping – the ransacking continued all night long with street fighting. The city is on the verge of disaster – there is no electricity or gas, people can't buy food; the city has been cut off.”
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Ethnic violence erupts in Kyrgyzstan
Ethnic clashes have broken out in southern Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday. At least two people have been killed and 70 injured.
Growing tension between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz was behind the strife in the southern city of Jalal-Abad.
Hundreds of Kyrgyz reportedly tried to storm and set fire to a local university important to the Uzbek minority. The protestors demanded the handover of an Uzbek community leader, whom they accused of stirring racial tension.
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Not going to happen, IMO. The last thing Russia needs right now to get involved in internal conflict outside of our borders. But situation in Kyrgyzia is awful, more and more people are getting killed. And the world community must do something about it.
Also just heard on the radio that the situation with food in Osh is also critical and Russia will send some humanitarian aid there.