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Civilians flee Kyrgyzstan violence

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Civilians flee Kyrgyzstan violence


Civilians in southern Kyrgyzstan are fleeing their homes to the country’s worst ethnic violence in 20 years.

Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks have clashed in rioting over the past three days in Osh, the country’s second largest city.

Government officials say at least 113 people have died and some 1,400 have been injured in the fighting.

Gangs ran amok with rifles, machetes and iron bars, while also burning and pillaging homes.

The clashes in the south where many of Krgystan’s one milliion Ethnic Uzbeks live. It is also the former stronghold of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who denies stirring up the violence.

The military has intervened to restore order with some of the homeless and the injured being airlifted to the capital of Bishkek.

Interim president Roza Otunbayeva has asked Russia to send troops to help restore order.

But Moscow has only agreed to send soldiers to protect a Russian military base in the former Soviet state of 5.5 million people.

The scope of their mission does not helping local civilians.

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