Georgian snipers fire at Tskhinvali

Georgian snipers continue to shoot into South Ossetia, the South Ossetian Interior Ministry said on Monday.

"Snipers were shooting at police positions on the southern outskirts of Tskhinvali at night," the website of the South Ossetian Information and Press Committee said.

"Georgian armed units, including a squad of D-30 howitzers and two mortar squads, are stationed on the republic's perimeter," the committee said.

"The South Ossetian government is holding a meeting in Tskhinvali to discuss security of local residents, evacuation of children and other issues," the committee said.

It is planned to evacuate over 500 children from Tskhinvali on Monday, Committee Chairperson Irina Gagloyeva said earlier. "We have evacuated about 540 children, and approximately the same number will be evacuated today," she told Interfax.

"The republic is mourning victims of the latest shooting incidents," Gagloyeva said.

Georgians are shelling the cemetery, so one of the victims had to be buried in the yard of his own house in the village of Mugut, she said.

"There was gunfire at South Ossetian police positions at night, but no one was killed or wounded," Gagloyeva added.

[Source: Interfax, Moscow, 03Aug08]

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