Nearly 30 killed in Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border skirmishes: Conflicts on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border have reportedly resulted in 30 fatalities and several injuries.
The two former Soviet nations, whose border has been in question since the USSR fell apart, often engage in combat.
Despite the two nations’ agreement to a truce, a new conflict that started earlier in the week persisted on Friday.
Each side accuses the other of starting hostilities and violating the truce.
According to the Kyrgyz health ministry, 24 individuals have died in the country thus far.
According to earlier reports from Tajikistan, there had been at least three fatalities.
According to a local Red Cross chapter, about 20,000 people have left their houses to flee the violence.
Fears of an all-out war between the two nations have returned due to the battle.
Unprecedented warfare claimed around 50 lives in 2021.
On Wednesday, the conflict erupted, resulting in at least two fatalities across three different events.
While Tajikistan claimed that Kyrgyz border guards had opened fire without provoke, Kyrgyz border guards said that Tajikistan had taken positions on a portion of the boundary that had not delineated.
Over a third of the 1,000 km (600 miles) shared by the two nations’ borders is under question.
Russia, which has extensive relations with both nations, has volunteered to act as a mediator and has demanded “rapid” action to put an end to the bloodshed on Friday.
After the start of the truce at 16:00 local time (10:00 GMT), two villages in Kyrgyzstan reported bombarded.
The neighbor is charged with utilizing tanks and armored personnel carriers.
Tajikistan, in response, claimed that Kyrgyz soldiers had used “heavy weapons” to bombard a garrison and seven villages.