The US approved the voluntary departure of non-emergency employees at its Kazakhstan consulate.

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source: reuters.com

The US approved the voluntary departure of non-emergency employees at its Kazakhstan consulate.

The State Department said the protests could seriously affect the US embassy's ability to provide consular services.

The United States Department of State approved this Friday the voluntary departure of those employees of its consulate in Kazakhstan. They are not emergency due to the demonstrations, protests, and violent strikes in Almaty.

"US citizens in Kazakhstan should be aware that violent protests can seriously affect the ability of the US embassy to provide consular services, including assistance to US citizens leaving Kazakhstan," it said in a statement.

It also stressed that these disturbances caused "widespread destruction of infrastructure and government buildings in Almaty and led to the arrest, injury, and death of a significant number of protesters and security forces."

On the other hand, according to the German news agency DPA, Germany reported that it paralyzed arms exports to Kazakhstan due to the current unrest in view of the current situation.

In this sense, the German authorities are going to take the necessary measures to prevent such goods from being exported to that country. Last year, Germany granted 25 licenses for the shipment of weapons to Kazakhstan for around 2.2 million euros.

DETENTIONS IN PROGRESS

According to the Ministry of the Interior of Kazakhstan, more than 4,200 people were detained, including foreign nationals, about the riots and in the framework of the "anti-terrorist" operation that the authorities are carrying out.

For the moment, the situation is stabilized. However, between 8000 hours and 8.25 (local time), around a dozen shots have been heard in the streets, according to journalist Assem Zhapisheva on her Twitter account. The shooting was also confirmed by the Russian news agency Sputnik in the city of Almaty.

Internet access in the city was reduced, although the mobile phone network remains relatively stable, as reported by the TASS news agency.

The Ministry of the Interior of Kazakhstan confirmed that at least 26 participants in the demonstrations have died. Another 26 have been injured, according to a statement collected by the Kazakh news portal ' Vlast ' on its Twitter account.

According to this same medium, journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov was detained in Oral, in the northwest of the country, for ten days under article 488 for organizing an illegal demonstration, march, or picket.

On Wednesday, the Almaty Police Commander's office put the total number of officers killed in the clashes at 18 and the number of military and security forces injured in the riots at 748. These figures have not yet been updated.

The protests began due to the discomfort of the price of gas but, already extended to several cities; they have ended up becoming an unprecedented challenge to the current authorities, which have requested military aid from neighboring countries, including Russia, to contain the mobilizations.