Red Cross needs corridor for wounded in S. Ossetia

GENEVA (AP) — The international Red Cross is seeking to establish a humanitarian corridor in Georgia's breakway republic of South Ossetia to bring in ambulances and evacuate wounded civilians.

ICRC spokeswoman Anna Nelson told reporters the neutral agency was in contact with both sides and was trying to secure safe access to the area where Georgian troops launched a major military offensive Friday.

It has yet to provide aid in South Ossetia.

The fighting in South Ossetia has raised fears of an all-out war that could draw in Russia, which has close ties to the separatists.

Separatist officials in South Ossetia say 15 civilians had been killed in fighting overnight. Georgian officials say seven civilians were wounded in bombing raids by Russia.