Refugees in Kyrgyzstan
Refugees in Kyrgyzstan Photo by AP
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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.

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.