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Tragedy Unfolds In Kyrgyzstan

More than 100 people have been confirmed dead, but the death toll is expected to rise and well over 1,000 people have been injured in Kyrgyzstan since ethnically charged clashes began on June 10 in and around the southern city of Osh. Tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks are said to have fled homes in search of safety.

Men walk past a burning building in Osh on June 11, when at least 12 people died in the unrest.
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Men walk past a burning building in Osh on June 11, when at least 12 people died in the unrest.

A state of emergency was imposed in Osh after the violence turned deadly.
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A state of emergency was imposed in Osh after the violence turned deadly.

Plumes of smoke rise from burning buildings in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan.
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Plumes of smoke rise from burning buildings in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan.

Services crew members and residents after the first night of clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan on June 10-11.
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Services crew members and residents after the first night of clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan on June 10-11.

Devastation on the streets of Osh after two days of violence.
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Devastation on the streets of Osh after two days of violence.

Uzbek border guards try to assist fleeing ethnic Uzbeks at the Kyrgyz border. Photo courtesy of EurasiaNet
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Uzbek border guards try to assist fleeing ethnic Uzbeks at the Kyrgyz border. Photo courtesy of EurasiaNet

Kyrgyz soldiers stand on an armored vehicle in Osh on June 11.
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Kyrgyz soldiers stand on an armored vehicle in Osh on June 11.

Armored vehicles in downtown Osh on June 11, after the interim government declared a state of emergency.
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Armored vehicles in downtown Osh on June 11, after the interim government declared a state of emergency.

Humanitarian aid efforts were begun, but they have been disrupted by rampant lawlessness.
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Humanitarian aid efforts were begun, but they have been disrupted by rampant lawlessness.

A local resident inspects destroyed homes in an Osh suburb on June 13.
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A local resident inspects destroyed homes in an Osh suburb on June 13.

A doctor tries to save the life of a man wounded during ethnic clashes in the city of Osh on June 13.
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A doctor tries to save the life of a man wounded during ethnic clashes in the city of Osh on June 13.

Ethnic Uzbek refugees in the village of Suratash, near Kyrgyzstan's Uzbek border, on June 13.
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Ethnic Uzbek refugees in the village of Suratash, near Kyrgyzstan's Uzbek border, on June 13.

Ethnic Uzbek residents dig graves for victims of violent clashes in an Osh suburb on June 13.
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Ethnic Uzbek residents dig graves for victims of violent clashes in an Osh suburb on June 13.

A man injured in the ethnic violence rests in an Uzbek neighborhood in Osh on June 14.
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A man injured in the ethnic violence rests in an Uzbek neighborhood in Osh on June 14.

An ethnic Uzbek man looks at the bodies of victims of clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in Osh.
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An ethnic Uzbek man looks at the bodies of victims of clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in Osh.

Young conscripts wait to undergo medical tests in Bishkek on June 14.
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Young conscripts wait to undergo medical tests in Bishkek on June 14.

Ethnic Uzbek refugees stand on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border outside the village of Suratash on June 14.
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Ethnic Uzbek refugees stand on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border outside the village of Suratash on June 14.

An ethnik Uzbek stands beside the wreckage of his burned-out home in Osh on June 14.
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An ethnik Uzbek stands beside the wreckage of his burned-out home in Osh on June 14.

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