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article imageHundreds of foreigners evacuated from violence-torn Kyrgyzstan

By Andrew Moran     Jun 16, 2010 in World
Bishkek - Since Kyrgyzstan's ethnic clashes last week, hundreds of foreigners have been evacuated from the Central Asian country, including those from China, Georgia, Pakistan, South Korea and Turkey.
Kyrgyzstan has remained politically unstable since the riots a few months ago that ousted former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his government. The interim government has attempted to established stability, law and order by planning Presidential and Parliamentary elections as well setting up a new constitution.
However, since the government declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Osh and ethnic riots, which killed more than 100 people and injured more than 1,000, foreign governments have evacuated their citizens from the former Soviet Republic.
According to Xinhua, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that they have evacuated 960 citizens. One chartered flight, which carried 91 Chinese citizens, flew from Bishkek to Jalalabad and Batken to China. Two more planes are expected to arrive on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry stated that the government airlifted approximately 250 people who were mostly students, reports BBC News. However, some 116 Indians have been left stranded in Kyrgyzstan because they’re complaining they’re being charged $300 for a return flight.
Daily News reports that 149 Turkish citizens returned from Kyrgyzstan. One of the citizens was severely injured because the Turk was stabbed four times. The person was immediately hospitalized in Istanbul.
Dozens of Georgian citizens will arrive back home on Wednesday when they arrive at the Manas military air base and fly to Georgia, reports Trend.
AFP notes that South Korea has evacuated 74 citizens from Osh on Monday and three South Koreans remained in Osh at their own wishes. Approximately 100 Japanese are also staying in Kyrgyzstan by request.
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