Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan exchange blame for cross-border shelling leaving four people dead and dozens injured in a conflict over water supply

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan traded blame Thursday for cross-border shelling and clashes that left at least four people dead and dozens injured in a conflict over water supply, the latest outburst of tensions between the two ex-Soviet Central Asian neighbors.

Troops from the two countries exchanged gunfire for most of the day around a water supply facility near the village of Kok-Tash in Kyrgyzstan’s western Batken region on the border with Tajikistan. More than 800 Kyrgyz residents were evacuated from several villages engulfed by the clashes.

Later Thursday, officials from the two countries declared a cease-fire and agreed to pull back troops from the area.

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Source: Associated Press

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