World: Kyrgyz-Tajik border fighting claimed nearly 100 lives

Alleged ‘heavy weapon’ use in Kyrgyz-Tajik border dispute

  Alleged ‘heavy weapon’ use in Kyrgyz-Tajik border dispute Second outbreak of clashes in three days amid sudden rise in tensions on border between the two former Soviet republics.The border guard said Kyrgyz forces were returning fire on Friday morning, as clashes took place along the length of the border, adding that Tajik forces were using tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and mortars. More than one-third of the 1,000km (600-mile) frontier remains disputed.

At least 94 people have been killed in clashes on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border - the deadliest clashes in years.

Protesters pray during a rally near the Kyrgyz parliament in Bishek last week © AP via Getty Images Protesters pray during a rally near the Kyrgyz parliament in Bishek last week

Fighting between the two Central Asian states broke out on Wednesday, before a ceasefire was brokered on Friday.

Clashes regularly erupt between the two former Soviet republics, whose border remains contested.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin appealed to the two countries to resolve their differences peacefully.

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan share a 1,000-km (600-mile) border, a third of which is disputed.

Kyrgyzstan reports 36 killed, 129 injured in Tajikistan border conflict

  Kyrgyzstan reports 36 killed, 129 injured in Tajikistan border conflict A total of 36 people have been killed and 129 injured in Kyrgyzstan as a result of clashes along the border with Tajikistan in the latest armed conflict that began on Friday, the Kyrgyz Health Ministry said at 10 a.m. (local time) on Saturday. © Provided by News 360 Archive - Kyrgyz military on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan - SYRGAK BAKTYJAROV / SPUTNIK / CONTACTOPHOTO Up to 140,000 people have been forced to move to safer places this weekend, local radio station Radio Azattyk reported.

Clashes on the border led to unprecedented fighting between the two countries in 2021, when almost 50 people were killed. But the violence in recent days has led to a death toll of nearly 100 - almost doubling that.

Late on Sunday, Kyrgyzstan reported an additional 13 deaths from the fighting, taking its total death toll to 59. It added that more than 100 people had been injured.

Tajikistan said 35 of its citizens had been killed, and at least 20 had been injured.

Amid international pressure, the two sides signed a ceasefire on Friday. It has largely been upheld despite claims of some shelling since by both sides.

President Putin called for a de-escalation of tensions in phone calls with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov on Sunday, according to the Kremlin.

Mr Putin urged the two leaders to resolve the situation "exclusively by peaceful, political and diplomatic means as soon as possible". a Kremlin statement said.

Both sides blame each other for the outbreak of violence.

Kyrgyzstan has declared Monday a day of national mourning for those killed in the clashes.

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