Israel welcomes Kyrgyzstani refugees

Thousands have been killed or injured in ethnic fighting

Thousands have been killed or injured in ethnic fighting

Israel has offered humanitarian support to a group of refugees from Kyrgyzstan.

Twelve people from the conflict zone in the south of the country are to be granted immediate Israeli citizenship in a welcoming ceremony.

There is currently large scale ethnic violence tearing the central Asian nation apart, with more than 2,000 people thought to have been killed and many more injured in fighting between the Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

The Kyrgyzstani Jewish community, which numbers about 1,500, has also been offering aid. Jewish donors in the city of Bishkek have sent food supplies to those caught up in the riots.

Last updated: 11:57am, June 21 2010