Red Cross sends staff to South Ossetia capital

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The Red Cross says it is sending workers to Tskhinvali for the first time since the Russian-Georgian conflict broke out.

21 August 2008

GENEVA -- The Red Cross says Wednesday it is sending workers to South Ossetia's capital Tskhinvali for the first time since the city was cut off two weeks ago by conflict in the breakaway Georgian province.

The move follows talks between the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Tskhinvali was the site of some of the fiercest fighting between the Georgian army and South Ossetian rebels backed by Russian troops. The city is currently under Russian control.

ICRC president Jakob Kellenberger told journalists in Geneva on Wednesday that his staff would also open an office in the Georgian city of Gori.

[AP / Expatica]

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