Israel Rescues 12 Jewish Refugees From War-torn Kyrgyzstan

They will immediately be granted citizenship, to take part in a special welcoming ceremony sponsored by the Jewish agency on Monday, alongside 650 new immigrants.

Israel on Sunday rescued 12 Jews from war-torn Kyrgyzstan, offering them immediate status as Israeli citizens.

They will take part in a special welcoming ceremony sponsored by the Jewish agency on Monday, alongside 650 new immigrants.

Refugees in Kyrgyzstan
Refugees in KyrgyzstanAP

Up to 2,000 people may have died in the ethnic clashes that have rocked the country's south. Tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have fled for their lives to squalid refugee camps during rampages led mainly by ethnic Kyrgyz.