At least 24 killed in clashes at border with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan – SUCH TV


Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have exchanged blame for the fighting on their borders, which has left at least 24 people dead, dozens injured and a mass evacuation.

According to international media, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health said early on Saturday that 24 bodies had been delivered to hospitals in the Batken region, which borders Tajikistan.

Another 87 people were injured, the ministry said.

The clashes at the border that began earlier this week grew into large-scale clashes Friday involving tanks, artillery and rocket launchers.

As part of the shelling, Tajik forces hit the regional capital Batken with rockets.

According to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations, 136,000 people have been evacuated from the area swept by the fighting.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fighting on the tense border between the two former Soviet Central Asian neighbors.

An attempt to establish a ceasefire soon failed on Friday and artillery shelling resumed later in the day.

The border guard chiefs of the two countries met around midnight and agreed to create a joint monitoring group to help end hostilities. It was not immediately clear whether the meeting had any effect on the fighting.

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