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Fears of more conflict in Georgia

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There are fears of renewed fighting in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abhakhazia after rebels attempted to seize control of a strategic gorge. A number of people are reported to have been injured in clashes between government forces and militants in the Kodori gorge, which leads into Abhazia.

Part of the area is controlled by Abkhaz lcoal separatists, while another part has been under government control through a local militia leader. But on Sunday he declared he would no longer take orders from Tbilisi.

Abkhaz separatists, who have enjoyed de facto independence since 1993, fear Tbilisi could use the operation in the gorge as a springboard for a
strike to win back control of the province.