The toll of recent clashes at a controversial Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border has risen to 46 dead, hundreds injured and dozens of homes destroyed, officials said.
More than 100 properties – including schools, shops, border checkpoints and a police station – have been torched or vandalized in some of the worst fighting the region has seen in years, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday. emergency room.
Images captured by the BBC show the extent of destruction in villages in Kyrgyzstan, with houses blacked by fire, collapsed roofs and some buildings reduced to rubble.
As many as 10,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday after violence erupted in a controversial area around Kyrgyzstan’s Batken region.
People from the Kyrgyz and Tajik sides threw stones at each other after surveillance cameras were installed in a water facility.
The Kyrgyz interior ministry said it has opened a criminal investigation into the violence and will investigate allegations of murder and illegal border crossings.
While a ceasefire agreement entered into force on Friday, it was reported that violence continued in several villages.
The two sides reached another ceasefire agreement on Saturday evening, which appeared to be held on Sunday.
The fighting focused on water supply facilities in the territory claimed by both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Like many parts of Central Asia, the border between the two countries has been at the center of tension for 30 years.
Restrictions on access to land and water that communities consider theirs have often led to deadly clashes in the past.
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