Red Cross: No Quick End to Kyrgyzstan Crisis


Lisa Schlein
VOANews
June 15, 2010

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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it sees no quick end to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan and is launching a preliminary emergency appeal for nearly $10 million to assist 100,000 people affected by the violence.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says its delegates were able to move around, check out the situation, and provide supplies to the hospitals in Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan.

It says the ethnic clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations, which erupted five days ago, have spread to the city of Jalal-Abad.

The Head of Red Cross operations for Central Asia and Russia, Pascale Meige Wagner says the situation there is much worse than in Osh. She says Red Cross workers were unable to enter because of shooting and the burning of houses.

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