China flies 1,151 nationals home from Kyrgyzstan; evacuation continues

08:30, June 17, 2010      

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Chinese nationals walk out of the air bridge after another chartered plane carrying 191 Chinese nationals stranded in the violence-hit Kyrgyz city of Osh lands in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

China has evacuated 1,151 nationals from Kyrgyzstan where ethnic clashes have left at least 187 people dead, Chinese authorities said Wednesday.

The eighth chartered flight of China Southern Airlines, with 191 Chinese nationals aboard, landed at an airport in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at 7:25 p.m. (Beijing time) Wednesday from Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan.

A ninth chartered flight took off from the Urumqi airport for Osh at 8:08 p.m. and is to bring more Chinese nationals home. It is expected to return to Urumqi early Thursday morning, China Southern said.

China began evacuating its nationals from Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, and the first two chartered planes returned to Urumqi with 195 nationals, mostly women and children.

Source: Xinhua
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