Peacekeeper says Georgian tanks burning all around Tskhinvali

Georgian tanks are burning all round Tskhinvali, Ossetian peacekeeping battalion commander Kazbek Friyev said by phone.

He said South Ossetian forces had driven Georgian servicemen out of the town and taken full control of Tskhinvali. The massive gunfire has ceased, but certain random shots can still be heard, he noted.

Friyev denied reports claimed that residents and South Ossetian servicemen were allegedly leaving the town through a corridor made by Georgia. "No one is leaving the town," he said. The Zari road is open for traffic and controlled by South Ossetian servicemen and peacekeepers, he said.

[Source: Itar Tass, Vladikavkaz, 08Aug08]

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