Georgian troops fire at refugees
Published: 12 August, 2008, 03:25
Authorities in South Ossetia say Georgian troops have shelled the road being used for evacuating people from the conflict zone, according to Russian Interfax news agency. Attacks are continuing in the South Ossetian regi
There have been several explosions in the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, after it came under a renewed shelling attack. Several Russian troops have been wounded.
A convoy of aid from Russia was attacked as it made its way to the ruined city of Tskhinvali.
Despite this, humanitarian supplies are arriving in the war-torn capital.
And the constant tide of people from the devastated areas of South Ossetia keeps flowing to Russia.
With a humanitarian corridor opened on Monday, thousands of evacuees have fled the conflict zone and sheltered in refugee camps in North Ossetia.
Meanwhile, Tskhinvali is back under peacekeepers' control, after Russian troops disarmed Georgians remaining in the city.
Moscow is sending more troops to South Ossetia and has allocated $US millions to help rebuild the region.
Military investigators have already started working in Tskhinvali to collect evidence of war crimes.
More than 1,600 civilians have died in South Ossetia during four days of violence, including 18 Russian peacekeepers, with 70 others were wounded.
Georgia claims 50 of its troops have been killed, and around 300 wounded.
Russian peacekeepers in Abkhazia have urged Georgian troops to disarm. They're stationed in the safety zone on the border between Georgia and Abkhazia and are assisting the Abkhazian troops to prevent further violence in the region.
As conflict engulfs their homelands, in Moscow, Georgian and Ossetian nationals are trying to comprehend what has been happening. They have issue a common message: peace is what they want most.