» 05/20/2010, 00.00
State of emergency imposed after ethnic violence kills two, wounds dozens
Ethnic Kyrgyz, loyal to ousted President Bakiyev, attack minority Uzbeks who back the provisional government. The authorities send in the army and announce that they will stay in power until 31 December 2011.
Violence continues in southern Kyrgyzstan, Medecins sans frontières reports
The humanitarian aid agency, which is present in the area hit by recent inter-ethnic violence, talks about the discrimination and violence ordinary people suffer. Many refuse to go to hospital for fear of arrest.
UN reports at least 400,000 refugees in Kyrgyzstan
Refugee situation is getting worse with at least 300,000 stuck at the border with Uzbekistan. In many areas, it is hard to deliver relief suppliers. Tensions remain high in the cities, with sporadic clashes still taking place. Interim leader Roza Otunbayeva visits the southern part of the country.
Fear of humanitarian tragedy in southern part of the country
More than 100,000 refugees pour into Uzbekistan, but Uzbek authorities close the border. Kyrgyzstan’s interim government loses control in the south, where violence and armed clashes continue unabated. There are shortages of food, drugs and power. United Nations calls for an “aid corridor”.
Violent clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks leave 49 dead and hundreds of wounded
Gangs of young Kyrgyz have come to Osh, former President Bakiyev’s stronghold, armed with firearms, metal bars and sticks to clash with ethnic Uzbeks and police. Cars and homes are set on fire. Thousands of people are fleeing towards the border with Uzbekistan. Kyrgyz government asks Russia to send in troops to quell unrest.
Clashes with troops in Osh, more dead
The government acknowledges two people died in clashes that broke out yesterday between Kyrgyz troops and ethnic Uzbeks in an Osh suburb. Human rights activists speak of “unacceptable” violence by the military. President Otunbayeva reiterates her government’s intention to hold a constitutional referendum next Sunday.
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