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.
The clashes are underway near the Raiymbek settlement, the eyewitnesses said.
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.
"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.