|Published:||Jun 20, 2010 1:21 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 19, 2010 10:21 PM EDT|
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - The International Red Cross is handing out emergency food supplies to thousands of people uprooted by the ethnic violence in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.
Meanwhile, a U.S. envoy in the country is calling for an international investigation of the violence. The country's interim president say as many as 2,000 people may have died in the clashes.
Kyrgyz authorities say the violence was sparked by supporters of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was ousted in April amid accusations of corruption. The U.N. has said the unrest appeared orchestrated, but it's stopped short of assigning blame.
Meanwhile, prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have charged a human rights activist with inciting ethnic hatred. They accuse the activist of stoking anger by claiming the military has been complicit in deadly rioting between ethnic Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks.