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Red Cross: 'several hundred' dead in Kyrgyz unrest

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By The Staff

OSH, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Several hundred people have been killed in the riots in Kyrgyzstan, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as new reports strengthened suspicions that the violence was deliberately ignited to undermine the Central Asian nation's interim government.

The southern part of Kyrgyzstan has been convulsed by days of rioting targeting minority Uzbeks, which has left the country's second-largest city, Osh, in smoldering ruins and sent over 100,000 Uzbeks fleeing for their lives to neighboring Uzbekistan.

Overwhelmed by the deluge, Uzbekistan closed the border Tuesday, leaving thousands camped out on the Kyrgyz side or stranded behind barbed-wire fences in no-man's land.

As the United States, Russia and the United Nations flew in humanitarian supplies, the leader of country's interim government pressed Moscow again to send in troops to quell the violence.

The International Committee of the Red Cross had no precise figure of the dead, but spokesman Christian Cardon said "we are talking about several hundreds."


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