Uzbek refugees flee Kyrgyzstan violence

Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have massed at the Uzbekistan border in an attempt to escape violence in Kyrgyzstan which has left at least 138 dead.

Reports suggest that Uzbekistan is considering closing its borders as the build-up continues, despite requests by the UN to keep it open.

The United States has called for a "co-ordinated international response" to the violence.

At least 1,761 people have been injured in four days of clashes.

The unrest - which broke out overnight Thursday between Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad - is the worst ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan in 20 years.

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