Bloodshed continues in Kyrgyztan; thousands flee

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Bloodshed continues in Kyrgyztan; Thousands flee
Bishkek, Jun 14: The death toll in Kyrgyztan has increased to 113 as the rival groups turned the cities into warzones.

Thousands of Uzbek refugees fled as the interim government struggled to stem the worst ethnic clashes in Kyrgyztan. More than 1,400 got injured in the worst clash, since President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in April.

The enraged mobs torched villages on the third day of the blood shed. More than 80,000 Uzbeks, mostly women and children, who left the area were being housed in hastily set up tents along the border. Rights groups have warned of a looming humanitarian crisis.

Russia rejected the requests from Bishkek to help end the unrest, but sent paratroopers to protect its airbase in Kyrgyztan.

Interim government had given the security officials the shoot-to-kill orders to suppress the violence, on Saturday, Jun 12.

It had declared the emergency rule accross the country's entire southern Jalalabad region, after the violence spread there.

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