Scores dead in Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border clashes as ceasefire struggles to hold

Source: euronews [EU]

“Kyrgyzstan announced on Sunday that 12 more people had been killed in border clashes with Tajikistan this week, amid an outbreak of fighting between the Central Asian countries. Sunday’s statement means the current death toll on the Kyrgyzstan side is at least 36, while Tajikistan has not provided exact figures for its dead. Clashes erupted around the Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border on Friday, with both sides accusing one another of using tanks, mortars, rocket artillery and drones — at times, against civilian settlements. A cease-fire was imposed later that day. It has held to some degree, though the two Central Asian countries have repeatedly claimed the other is violating the agreement. Border disputes have plagued the ex-Soviet republics since their independence from the USSR in the 90s. Nearly half of their 970-kilometre-long frontier is contested.” (09/18/22)