Authorities have begun dismantling barriers dividing the city of Osh, which was one of the many cities affected by violent ethnic clashes that have plagued the country in recent weeks. The government has extended a state of emergency in other affected regions but ethnic Uzbeks remain concerned about the possibility of future violence. Ethnic clashes in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan have led to at least 2,000 deaths and displaced some 2,000 people. The U.S. has urged the Kyrgyz government to facilitate the safe return of these refugees. The United States and Russia also expressed concern that the ethnic violence may spread to other parts of central Asia.