Uniformed officers are seen during protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in this picture obtained by Reuters on January 5, 2022. Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Heavy Clashes Reported in Almaty Suburb, Along Bishkek-Bound Highway

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Kazakh law enforcement agencies are continuing a counterterrorism operation in the city of Almaty, which has been the epicentre of violent riots in recent days.
Over 4,000 people have been detained in Kazakhstan amid the ongoing protests, according to the Interior Ministry.
The unrest in Kazakhstan began earlier this month and was sparked by a twofold increase in fuel prices. People hit the streets in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau, and later the protests spread across the country, resulting in violent clashes with the police, looting, arson, and vandalism. At least one police officer was found beheaded.
In Almaty, the old capital and Kazakhstan's most populous city, hundreds of people stormed the mayor's office and the old presidential residence. The rioters also attacked the police HQ, set buildings on fire, and engaged in numerous shootouts.
To curb the unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency and dismissed the government.
He also requested assistance from the country’s allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), who are sending peacekeeping forces to guard strategic objects in the country while Kazakh law enforcement agencies and the military re-establish order.
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US Can No Longer Lie, Use Double Standards When Describing Situation in Kazakhstan As Protests Clearly Not Peaceful - Russian Foreign Ministry
"To keep lying and being hypocritical in this case is no longer possible when they [the US] see hostilities, people armed with military-grade weapons, not weapons for self-defense, people who are beaten, marauders...," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.

She noted that the Russian authorities have already received multiple requests from Russian citizens in Kazakhstan to bring them back and heard many disturbing accounts of the events in the country from them.
19:22 GMT 08.01.2022
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18:23 GMT 08.01.2022
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17:44 GMT 08.01.2022
Ankara Ready to Support Kazakhstan Amid Unrest - Turkish Defense Minister
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey is ready to provide all kinds of assistance and support to Kazakhstan to bring the situation with the riots under control, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.
"We have good relations with friendly Kazakhstan, historical, cultural ties, military and educational cooperation. We are closely following the latest developments. We believe that our brothers in Kazakhstan will overcome all difficulties using their own means and abilities. Today, as always, we are with Kazakhstan... We declare that we are ready to provide all kinds of assistance and support to our Kazakh brothers," Akar was quoted as saying by the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
17:24 GMT 08.01.2022
Russian Foreign Ministry Receives Hundreds Evacuation Requests From Citizens in Kazakhstan
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Department of the Situational Crisis Center of the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Saturday that it had received several hundred requests from Russians for evacuation from Kazakhstan, mainly from Almaty, with priority given to children.
"We have already processed several hundred requests for evacuation - mainly from Almaty. We are specifying the location and contact numbers, the specific situation. Priority is given to the return of children who were on vacation," the department told Sputnik.
15:56 GMT 08.01.2022
Heavy Clashes Reported in Almaty Suburb, Along Bishkek-Bound Highway
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The fighting has been going of for several hours in the suburbs of Kazakhstan's Almaty along the Bishkek-bound highway, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday, citing eyewitnesses.

The clashes are underway near the Raiymbek settlement, the eyewitnesses said.
14:44 GMT 08.01.2022
One Died in Unrest in Kazakhstan's Atyrau Region, 49 Injured, Local Media Say
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The unrest in Atyrau region in Kazakhstan resulted in one person dead and 49 injured, including 36 police officers, the national TV channel Khabar 24 reported on Saturday.

The victims were taken to hospitals with various injuries. At the moment, all social facilities in the region are operating normally, the response center continues to work, roadblocks have been installed on the main roads of the city, and security of strategic facilities has been strengthened.

People have been protesting in Kazakhstan since a twofold increase in gas prices on January 1. Despite the government's attempts to manage the situation and promises to decrease prices, peaceful protests turned into clashes with law enforcement officers in several regions of the republic, including in the city of Almaty. The government introduced an internet blackout and declared a country-wide state of emergency.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked for the Collective Security Treaty Organization's (CSTO) assistance in resolving the issue. The first contingent of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces arrived to Kazakhstan on Thursday to help bring the situation under control.
14:42 GMT 08.01.2022
Germany Stops Arms Exports to Kazakhstan Amid Violence - Reports
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany stopped defense industry exports to Kazakhstan after violent protests erupted in the former Soviet republic over high fuel prices, German media said on Saturday.
The German government approved 25 military contracts with Kazakhstan worth a combined 2.2 million euros ($2.5 million) last year, according to data obtained by the dpa news agency.
German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann criticized Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday for allowing security forces to fire on terrorists without a warning after violence swept the nation this week. Thousands have been arrested and scores killed on both sides.
14:42 GMT 08.01.2022
Armenian Embassy Threatened Over Military Presence in Kazakhstan
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Armenia's embassy in Moscow received a written bomb threat on Saturday and a demand that Yerevan pull troops out of Kazakhstan, an embassy spokesperson told Sputnik.
Armenia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, sent peacekeepers to Kazakhstan under the bloc's mandate to help its ally quell unrest.
"The embassy received a letter containing a bomb threat and a demand to withdraw troops from Kazakhstan," the mission said.
The diplomatic mission employed a security protocol and informed the Russian police about the threat. The spokesperson said an investigation was underway.
13:46 GMT 08.01.2022
Rioters Were Prepared for Uprising in Kazakhstan, Had Foreign Support, CIS Secretary Says
Protesters attend a rally in Almaty on January 4, 2022, after energy price hikes. - Police fired tear gas and stun grenades in a bid to break up an unprecedented thousands-strong march in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, after protests that began over fuel prices threatened to spiral out of control. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.01.2022
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12:52 GMT 08.01.2022
At Least 7 Employees of Kazakhstan's National Security Committee Die in Riots
NUR-SULTAN (Sputnik) - The National Security Committee of Kazakhstan has published on Saturday a list of casualties in this week's unrest, naming seven of its employees killed during clashes with rioters.
12:23 GMT 08.01.2022
Israeli Citizen Killed in Kazakhstan Unrest - Foreign Ministry
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - An Israeli citizen was killed in the riots in the Kazakh city of Almaty, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"Ben Kodzhiashvili, a 22-year-old Israeli, was killed last night in a shootout in the Kazakh city of Alma-Ata during the riots in the country", the ministry said in a statement, adding that Israeli diplomats are in contact with his parents living in Kazakhstan and family members in Israel.

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