China sends humanitarian aid to Kyrgyz refugees
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:40
Beijing: China has dispatched humanitarian aid worth USD 440,000 to Uzbeskistan to be distributed to refugees from Kyrgyzstan.

The materials include rice, sugar, biscuits, clothes, sanitary materials, small power generators and antibiotics, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a media briefing here today.

"We hope the aid will help Uzbek authorities resettle the refugees," Qin said.

The aid will be transported to border areas where Kyrgyz refugees, who have fled their due to violence there are currently staying.

Qin said Uzbekistan urgently needed humanitarian aid because a large number of Kyrgyz refugees had flocked into the country.

Figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs showed that an estimated 100,000 refugees had fled from Kyrgyzstan to neighboring Uzbekistan, and 300,000 others were still seeking aid within Kyrgyzstan.


First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:40

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