Today the Commission has approved an emergency aid of up to €5 million to assist the vulnerable victims of the serious violence involving the Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in Kyrgyzstan which erupted on 10 June. The allocated funding will be used to provide emergency medical support, food, water, shelter, non-food items, protection and psychosocial assistance to the victims. The relief will be channelled through partner organisations such as non-governmental organisations (NGO's) and international organisations including United Nations agencies and will benefit both the Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations. Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response stated "The news from South Kyrgyzstan is not good. Many people have died and thousands of innocent civilians are fleeing for their lives across the border into Uzbekistan. We have acted quickly to provide life-saving support for the victims of this devastating violence."