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Georgia Opens Corridor For Evacuation From Fighting

Civilians on the Georgian-South Ossetian border on August 8
TBILISI -- Georgia has said it was opening a corridor to allow women and children to evacuate the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, which was under siege by Georgian forces.

Georgia is "preparing to open a corridor for woman, children, and all peaceful citizens who want to leave Tskhinvali," Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava was quoted as saying by Georgian television.

Fighting has raged in and around the South Ossetian capital as Georgian troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, pounded separatist forces in what is seen as a bid to retake the territory.