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Kyrgyzstan to Send Uzbek Refugees to Third Country

U.N. refugee officials say more than 400 Uzbeks who fled to neighboring Kyrgyzstan following a government crackdown in the eastern city of Andijan are being sent to a third country.

A U.N. official said the relocation process is under way. But he did not say where the refugees were going.

News reports quoted Kyrgyz airport officials as saying the refugees were being flown to Romania aboard a U.N. chartered plane.

The refugees took shelter in Kyrgyzstan, after Uzbek troops fired on anti government protesters in Andijan on May 13.

Witnesses said about 500 people, including many women and children, were killed in the crackdown.

Uzbek authorities said the death toll was 187 and blamed the violence on Islamic militants.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.