Chinese Chartered Planes Bring Home 195 Nationals from Kyrgyzstan


BEIJING, June 15 — Two Chinese chartered planes carrying 195 Chinese nationals who were evacuated from Kyrgyzstan arrived at an airport in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Chinese government dispatched the two Boeing 737-700 passenger planes late Monday to bring back Chinese nationals living in southern Kyrgyzstan, where ethnic clashes has left more than 120 dead.

The first plane landed at 4:25 a.m. (Beijing Time) and the second, 5:20 a.m.(Beijing Time), according to Chinese diplomats waiting at the airport.

The government dispatched two working groups to Kyrgyzstan and Urumqi on Monday for the evacuation task.

About 600 of the more than 1,000 Chinese living in south Kyrgyzstan have asked for early evacuation from the region, the ministry said.

Diplomatic sources said another two chartered planes will bring back the rest of the Chinese nationals on Tuesday.

It will be the largest evacuation task since April 2006, when Chinese chartered planes brought home some 400 nationals from riot-hit Solomon Islands.

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