Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Uzbekistan says more than 75,000 Uzbek refugees have fled the rising ethnic violence in neighboring Kyrgyzstan.
The Emergencies Ministry was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency that most of the refugees are elderly people, women and children and many have gunshot wounds. It said Sunday that refugee camps were being set up for them in several areas of Uzbekistan.
Kyrgyz mobs have burned Uzbek villages and slaughtered their residents across southern parts of the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan since violence began Thursday night.
Kyrgyz mobs burned Uzbek villages, slaughtered their residents and stormed police stations seeking to loot more weapons Sunday as ethnic rioting engulfed new areas in southern Kyrgyzstan.