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UPDATE: Clashes in Kyrgyzstan, interim government holds emergency meeting

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The Kyrgyz interim government is holding an emergency meeting following clashes in the country's southern city of Jalal-Abad, an interim government spokesman said on Friday

The Kyrgyz interim government is holding an emergency meeting following clashes in the country's southern city of Jalal-Abad, an interim government spokesman said on Friday.

"Today, May 14, at 14:00 [12:00 GMT], the Kyrgyz interim government will hold an emergency meeting in the Jogorku Kenesha Square Hall on the situation in the country," a statement said.

Clashes broke out on Friday in the southern Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad between supporters of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and backers of the interim government.

Local media has reported fights between around 400-500 Bakiyev supporters and 4,000-5,000 backers of the interim government near the city's administration building. At least 28 people have been injured.

Bakiyev supporters said earlier on Friday they were expecting 10,000 people to gather in Jalal-Abad in support of the ousted president.

The interim government said the rally was "an attempt by Bakiyev's supporters to gain revenge and destabilize the country".

The situation in Kyrgyzstan, where bloody uprisings led to the overthrow of the government in early April, worsened on Thursday when administrative buildings in three southern regions were stormed by Bakiyev supporters.

The south of Kyrgyzstan has long been considered Bakiyev's stronghold and he initially took refuge in the region during the uprisings, before fleeing to neighboring Kazakhstan and then Belarus.

MOSCOW, May 14 (RIA Novosti)

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