Peace observers come under fire near South Ossetia: reports

December 11th, 2008 - 3:28 am ICT by IANS  

Tbilisi/Moscow, Dec 11 (DPA) Unarmed observers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were fired at in the buffer zone near the breakaway republic of South Ossetia Wednesday, Georgian television reported.The television channel Rustavi-2 showed images of an off-road vehicle belonging to the OSCE with several bullet holes in the side.

A spokeswoman for the OSCE confirmed the incident which she said took place near the city of Gori. Nobody was wounded.

In the aftermath of the Russia-Georgia conflict last August, an international agreement was reached for the OSCE to post military observers in the region to watch over the ceasefire accord. Besides the OSCE, there are also more than 200 European Union observers.

Officials in South Ossetia dismissed the reported shooting incident as a “provocation” carried out by the Georgian side.

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