Entertainment: Central Asia: more than 90 dead on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan

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Une maison endommagée lors de combats à Batken, dans le sud-ouest du Kirghizistan, le 17 septembre. © Danil USMANOV A damaged house in fights in Batken, in the southwest of Kyrgyzstan on September 17.

These are two countries that we generally speak little. In western China , two former Soviet Central Asian republics, Kyrgyzistan and Tadjikistan, revived last week a nagging and never settled border dispute. A ceasefire was signed in emergency on Friday, but we learn this Sunday that fire exchanges cost the lives of at least 94 people in three days, including many civilians.

Information filters Tadjike and Kirghize diplomacies, without it being possible to check it independently. The first report this Sunday dead and 25 injured this Sunday, mainly civilians. They accuse the Kyrgyz army of having killed twelve people during a drone strike on a mosque, six others in a similar attack on a school, and seven people in a shooting. On the Kyrgyz side, the Ministry of Health indicates that 59 fellow citizens killed in the Batken region, in the southwest, on the border with the eternal rival. There would also be 140 wounded and four soldiers who are missing. President Kyrgyz, Sadyr Japarov, announced a national mourning day on Monday.

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Never clashes between the two countries had been so fatal. The latest magnitude fights in April 2021 had caused around fifty people and raised fears of a larger conflict. The border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzistan is the scene of regular fighting. Almost half of the 970 kilometers of the common border has been challenged since the dislocation of the USSR , against a background of tensions for access to resources. It is always Moscow who plays the role of referee with each new confrontation. By phone this Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the presidents Kyrgyz Sadyr Japarov and Tadjik Emomali Rahmon to avoid new clashes. The day before, it was the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, who won the handset "to promote a dialogue for a lasting ceasefire".

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This Sunday, the situation seems to have stabilized even if the argument is not settled. In a press release, the Kyrgyzstan National Security State Committee said that at 10 p.m. (7 p.m. in Paris), the border atmosphere in the Batken and OCH "remaining", but but atmosphere " "With a tendency to stabilization". "Within the framework of the agreements concluded, the forces and means sent in reinforcement are being withdrawn from the border to their usual deployment places, said the press release. No climbing or fire attempt has been reported. "

On Saturday morning, however, the interior Tadjik ministry accused its neighbor of having raped the truce, evoking civilians killed without specifying their number. If calm falls back, the ax of war does not seem buried.

Updated Sunday October 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Update of the balance sheet and the situation on the border.

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82 killed in fighting on Tajik-Kyrgyzstan border .
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported on Sunday a total of 82 deaths in clashes on the border between the two countries. Bishkek reported 36 deaths, in addition to the 46 confirmed by Dushanbe. © Provided by News 360 Military forces in Tajikistan - LI XIANG / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO Tajikistan has reported ten more deaths in the last 24 hours to bring the total number of fatalities to 46 and 140 wounded due to the clashes, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health reported by the AKIPress portal.

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