The Kyrgyz Ministry of Health has revised upward to 355 the officially-registered death toll for the conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan in June, noting that at least 2,326 were wounded. Yet NGOs continue to collect testimony that many more deaths have occurred, and that at least 60 people are still missing. At least 400,000 were displaced, and while many have returned from Uzbekistan, at least 40,000 are homeless, living in tents outside their burned neighborhoods. International health and rights groups say ethnic Uzbeks are being deprived of medical treatment and opportunities to seek refuge in neighboring Uzbekistan. Doctors Without Borders reports that they are seeing a growing number of patients with cuts and signs of torture.
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