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Russian airforce bombs Tbilisi airstrip

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Russian jets have bombed an airfield close to Tbilisi’s international airport according to the Georgian Interior Ministry.

Russia is also said to have moved 6,000 troops close to Georgian territory and government officials fear an invasion is imminent. And it is claimed Russia is pouring reinforcements into South Ossetia including heavy armour.

Fierce fighting is going on in Tskhinvali, capital of the disputed Georgian enclave. Columns of military vehicles have been moving south through the Roksky tunnel from North Ossetia to join the battle.

Russia claims 2,000 people have been killed and many thousands of South Ossetian refugees have been forced to flee north across the border. Georgia says 129 of its people have died with 748 injured.

Russian jets carried out at least five bombing runs over the Georgian town of Gori. One bomb struck an apartment block killing five people and injuring many more.