At least 23 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in ongoing clashes that broke out June 10 in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek residents. Mobs of armed men have reportedly torched Uzbek neighborhoods. A state of emergency has been declared and armored vehicles are patrolling the city’s streets. With security forces overwhelmed, Kyrgyzstan’s interim government has appealed to retired police and army officers to travel to the southern city to help restore order. “Exchanges of fire are continuing and you can hear them everywhere, several buildings are in flames, people are frightened,” a government spokesman told AFP. (AP, AFP, June 12)
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