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Security Alert: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Ethnic Violence near Kazakh/Kyrgyz Border

Location: Masanchi village

Event: Media is reporting ethnic violence between Kazakhs and Dungans in the village of Masanchi near the Kazakh/Kyrgyz border, 140km west of Almaty by air (250km via normally traveled roads). The violence included physical altercations, shooting, and residences set on fire. As a result of the violence overnight, the Government of Kazakhstan has restricted access to some social media platforms.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for situational updates.
  • Avoid the area of Masanchi.

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