Four hospitalized after incident on Kyrgyz-Tajik border

04/08/2015 15:06
RFE/RL
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DUSHANBE, August 4, 2015, Asia-Plus – Radio Liberty’ Kyrgyz Service reports four Kyrgyz citizens have been hospitalized after another violent incident along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

Zalkar Bekmuratov, the deputy chief physician at the Batken Clinic in southern Kyrgyzstan, told RFE/RL that two of the patients suffered concussions and the other two have minor injuries.

The incident along the border on August 3 started when residents of the Kyrgyz village of Kok-Tash blocked the flow of water to the Tajik village of Chorkuh, which caused protests by Tajiks.

Some 200 local residents of Kok-Tash and Chorkuh gathered near the border on August 3 and threw stones at each other, damaging houses and injuring people.

Kyrgyz and Tajik police and border guards later got control of the situation.

In recent months, tensions along the Kyrgyz-Tajik and Kyrgyz-Uzbek borders have intensified after outbreaks of violence involving residents and border guards.

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