U.S. military personnel at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan were helping local hospitals cope with victims of the violent political unrest in the central Asian country.
Medical and humanitarian supplies gathered on the base were turned over to Kyrgyzstan‚Äôs National Surgical Center and the National Center of Traumatology and Orthopedics at the request of the local hospitals, according to the Manas Air Base‚Äôs Web site.
Members of the 376th Expeditionary Medical Group were able to gather and turn over the supplies, including bandages, sutures, antibiotics and antiseptics, in a little over an hour, according to the Web site.
Opponents of the Kyrgyzstan government of President Kurmanbek Bakiev claimed Thursday to be in control of the country after a wave of protests that had left at least 75 people dead and hundreds injured.
The U.S. air base in the country has been a main way station for the U.S. and NATO military effort in Afghanistan.
The base, known as the Transit Center at Manas, handled the transit of more than 50,000 U.S. and allied troops to Afghanistan in March, according to the base‚Äôs Web site.