A confrontation on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan left 16 dead and more than 150 wounded, as reported by authorities from both countries.
The Kyrgyz Ministry of Health and Social Development has reported that a total of 134 citizens in the country have been affected, including deaths and injuries.
Of the injured, at least 25 were taken to hospitals for treatment, two of whom are in serious condition.
Among those killed in the confrontation is also a 13-year-old girl, who was referred to by the Kyrgyz news portal 24.kg
After what happened, the Kyrgyz side increased its military presence on the border, according to the border service of the National Security Committee of the Kyrgyz state. In addition, more than 800 people were evacuated from the Betken and Leilek regions.
On the Tajik side, at least three people have died and another 31 have been injured, the Isfara city authorities have confirmed to the Russian news agency Sputnik. One of the injured is the city’s mayor, Bajovadin Bajodurzoda.
Following the incident, the Prime Ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Ulukbek Maripov and Kokhir Rasulzada, held a meeting to discuss the situation at the border and agreed to establish a ceasefire in the region and the withdrawal of forces from the area.
Kyrgyz authorities said the incidents broke out after the Tajik government installed security cameras on a power pole near a water distribution point, leading to clashes between residents. The local authorities in both countries had already been in contact to resolve the dispute.
During the day, Tajikistan accused the neighboring country of sparking ethnic clashes in the region before highlighting that the place where the cameras were installed is on its territory.
For his part, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev has pointed out that his country “does not claim any foreign territory” and “does not intend to share his country with anyone”.
The border between the two countries has been the scene of various disputes in recent years as several points are not delimited, leading to disputes between Bishkek and Dushanb over control of these areas.