Kyrgyzstan’s Public Security Agency confirmed the start of the withdrawal of his country’s forces and Tajikistan from the disputed border area, after days of clashes that caused a mass exodus of civilians, while Russia called on the two countries to resolve the conflict through negotiation.
In parallel with confirming the start of the withdrawal of forces, the Kyrgyz General Security Service said that it hopes to resolve the situation by Friday evening.
This comes while Russia urged Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to sit at the negotiating table to resolve their differences.
The Russian Interfax agency quoted the Kyrgyz border guards as saying that violent confrontations took place early today in the Batkin border area, despite the two countries’ agreement on Thursday on a ceasefire.
The Kyrgyz border guards reported renewed Tajik mortar shelling today on the village of “Qazil Bel” in Batkin province, and confirmed the killing of 3 Kyrgyz soldiers and wounding 22 others in the recent clashes.
He also reported the evacuation of more than 20 thousand Kyrgyz citizens from the conflict zone on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.
For its part, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health announced that the clashes on the border left 13 Kyrgyz citizens dead and 121 injured.
On the other hand, the mayor of the Tajik city of Isfra, near the scene of the confrontations, reported that 3 Tajik citizens were killed and 31 others were injured in border clashes. Advertising
The Al-Jazeera correspondent had reported that the foreign ministers of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan agreed to a comprehensive cease-fire on the border between the two countries, after the border clashes.
He said that the prime ministers of the two countries confirmed in a joint statement that the two sides refrain
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Destruction and conflicting information
The director of the island’s office in Moscow, Zaur Chog, said that information was conflicting regarding the clashes that erupted on Wednesday due to a dispute over the exploitation of a water complex used by the two parties for irrigation.
Chuj added that there were those who spoke of relative calm and the absence of any battles, while Kyrgyz sources spoke of the return of sporadic clashes in some villages that were targeted from the Tajik side.
He pointed out that the bombing caused the destruction of homes and shops in a number of Kyrgyz villages, and the Kyrgyz border posts were also destroyed.
The director of the island’s office in Moscow said that the confrontations between the two countries erupted with the start of the agricultural season, noting that individual quarrels sometimes developed into clashes between the armies of the two countries.
Pictures posted on social media showed fires engulfing homes in villages within the range of border clashes.
The border tension began with an exchange of stone throwing between the people on both sides, before it developed into an exchange of fire between the Kyrgyz and Tajik forces.