178 civilians wounded in deadly fighting on Kyrgyzstan- Tajikistan border

  02 May 2021    Read: 2156
  178 civilians wounded in deadly fighting on Kyrgyzstan- Tajikistan border

Kyrgyzstan has evacuated more than 33,000 people from the disputed western border with Tajikistan following deadly clashes, a deputy health minister said Sunday.

"We have evacuated 33,388 people to safety from the conflict zone," Eliza Soltonbekova told a news conference.

At least 19,000 of them were children, she added.

Kyrgyzstan has confirmed 34 deaths in the cross-border fighting that broke out on Thursday. A Health Ministry official said 178 others were wounded.

The two former Soviet republics agreed to stop fire and pull troops and military hardware away from the border on Friday. The presidents of the Central Asian nations spoke over the phone on Saturday to coordinate further steps.


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