Another Chinese chartered plane leaves Osh, carrying 191 nationals stranded in Kyrgyzstan
Another Chinese chartered plane left Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday afternoon for Urumqi, capital of China's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, carrying 191 Chinese nationals stranded in the violence-hit Kyrgyz city, Xinhua reported.
The plane took off at 3:40 p.m. local time (0940 GMT).
So far, a total of 1,060 Chinese citizens have been flown out of Osh by Chinese chartered planes, which belong to China Southern Airlines.
According to officials from the airlines, some 180 Chinese citizens are still waiting in Osh to be evacuated on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, sources from the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan told Xinhua that a working team from the embassy has left for Jalalabad and Batken, both in southern Kyrgyzstan, to evacuate Chinese nationals stranded in the two regions.
The death toll from ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, which began last Thursday, has risen to 187, with 1918 others injured, the country's Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
According to the Ministry, among the dead, 140 were reported in the Osh region and 47 others in Jalalabad.
The current clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan followed violence in May when supporters of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev clashed with backers of the interim government in Osh and Jalalabad.
Bakiyev was ousted in April when riots broke out across the country. At least 85 people were killed and thousands of others injured in those clashes.