Kyrgyzstan Says Refugees Flocking Back From Uzbekistan

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Authorities in Kyrgyzstan said Wednesday that more than half of those who fled to neighbouring Uzbekistan during ethnic clashes had returned in a mass influx across the border.Tensions remained high however, with witnesses saying security forces were carrying out raids in the volatile southern city of Osh and human-rights groups accusing police of looting.Authorities said more than 57,500 Kyrgyz citizens had returned from Uzbekistan, including more than 8,000 who crossed the border on Wednesday alone.The Kyrgyz border service has said 75,000 Kyrgyz citizens fled to Uzbekistan during this month's violence but international aid groups have put the number at more than 100,000. Another 300,000 people were forced from their homes within the country, aid agencies have said.Large-scale unrest has ceased in the country's south, where officials say up to 2,000 people may have been killed during the ethnic clashes between the majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbek populations earlier this month.At t