Russia to send three humanitarian aid planes to Kyrgyzstan

16:45, June 15, 2010      

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Russia's Emergencies Ministry would send three planes of humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan following the deadly ethnic clashes, said an official from the ministry on Tuesday.

"Three IL-76 planes are to deliver 129 tons of humanitarian aid in total, each carrying about 43 tons including 5,000 blankets, 10 tons of sugar, 17 tons of tinned meat and 4 tons of tinned fish," RIA Novosti news agency quoted Nikolay Pakhomov as saying.

The death toll has risen to 170, with 1,762 people injured from riots in southern Kyrgyzstan which began last Thursday, the Kyrgyz health ministry said on Tuesday.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations have called on the international community to set a humanitarian corridor to deliver the aid.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:祁澍文)

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