700 civilians – victims of Georgian aggression identified

Seven hundred civilians – victims of the Georgian aggression have been identified in South Ossetia. Some 1,700 people are reported missing, South Ossetian Prosecutor Taimuraz Khugayev told Itar-Tass.

According to his information, South Ossetian specialists with the help of 200 Russian prosecutors from the regions, integrated in the Southern Federal District, continue to work for finding the graves of the people, who died during the combat operation.

“Places of the spontaneous burial of people are being found all over the republic. The remains are exhumed, and specialists work to establish the identity of the dead, as well as the reasons for their death,” Khugayev said. 500 such graves have been examined already, and another 200 have been found.

Unfortunately, he continued, the list of the missing people continues to grow. The names of the people are put on the list on the basis of the applications of their relatives. “At present some 1,700 people are reported missing. The figure is continuously changing, because sometimes the missing people are found staying with their relatives in far-away villages. In other cases, we get information that the missing people were found among the dead,” Khugayev added.

[Source: Itar Tass, Vladikavkaz, 10Sep08]

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