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More aid arrives in Georgia

In Georgia, the massive task continues of getting aid to people affected by last week’s fighting in and around the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. US transport planes have been arriving in the Georgian capital, Tblisi, carrying tents, sleeping bags and medical supplies.

Red Cross and Red Crescent aid workers are now in Gori, the nearest major town to South Ossetia and which bore the brunt of last week’s fighting.

They have been handing out supplies; food, including rice and dried beans, kitchen sets, stoves, buckets, blankets and soap. The head of the Red Cross, Jakob Kellenberger, has visited the region to assess the humanitarian needs.

As well as the US, the European Union, individual EU countries and Japan are among those who have promised millions of euros worth of aid.

UNHCR, the United Nations refugee aid organisation, estimates that around 160,000 people have had to leave their homes because of the conflict and many are living in camps near Tblisi.

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