Tuesday, August 12, 2008
TSKHINVALI, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – Around 70% of buildings in Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, have been damaged or destroyed since Georgia attacked its rebel republic early last Friday, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.
“Up to 70% of the municipal buildings have been damaged or completely destroyed,” Robert Guliyev said. “The situation is almost the same in the private housing sector.”
The mayor said around 15,000 civilians remained in the city, which had 30,000 residents before the attacks began.
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Guliyev did not give the number of civilian deaths. According to Russia, around 1,600 civilians have died.
Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of Russia’s General Staff, said earlier Tuesday that all nurseries, schools and the only hospital in the city were destroyed on the first day of the attack.
The Defense Ministry official said Russia had provided the necessary financial assistance to rebuild Tskhinvali. Field bakeries have been set up in the conflict zone, and food and water are being supplied, he said.
This article was posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 5:57 am