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Tskhinvali was shelled

July 4 2008

On Friday night within minutes shelled Tskhinvali in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, said the commander of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (MPF) in the Tskhinvali region, Marat Kulakhmetov. "In the early hours of the night was the shelling of the city. Now all is calm" - he said, without specifying by whom and of what type of weapon fired the capital of breakaway South Ossetia.

In the Georgian Interior Ministry claimed that they had no information about the shelling of the city. Meanwhile, according to unofficial information from the regional police Georgian region of Shida Kartli region (bordering the conflict zone), on Thursday evening from the Ossetian villages had opened fire in the direction of roadblocks Internal Affairs of Georgia in the conflict zone. The Georgian side opened fire in response, after which the parties to the conflict continued firing for several minutes.

On the eve of the Committee on Information and Press of the unrecognized republic said that the Georgian side on Thursday fired the post MIA in the village of Sarabuk (Tskhinvali region / South Ossetia). As stated in the site committee, as a result of fire injuries to law enforcement officer. In the years of the USSR, South Ossetia was an autonomous region within Georgia.

In 1991, the first president Zviad Gamsakhurdia abolished autonomous. Disagreeing with the decision, the South Ossetian authorities had armed resistance to the Georgian authorities. After the armed conflict that lasted until 1992, Georgia lost control over the territory. South Ossetia seeks recognition of its independence, but Georgia considers it his part, offering her autonomy. Peace in the conflict zone, supports a mixed peacekeeping force, consisting of three battalions (Russian, Georgian and North Ossetian), transmits the RA news .

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