UN and Red Cross dispatch aid to refugees from violence in Kyrgyzstan

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3263
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have dispatched humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, to assist more than 1000 injured people, and over 200 000 people displaced within their country by the outbreak of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan.

    The relief agencies are also sending assistance to more than 75 000 refugees who have sought safety in neighbouring Uzbekistan since inter-ethnic violence escalated on 10 June, with reports of continued killings and the burning of residences, shops, and other properties.

    The ICRC said on Tuesday 15 June that its team on the ground reported “several hundred people have been killed in the fighting, although it’s too early to say precisely how many as a number of bodies have already been buried.”

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