Saturday August 9, 2008
A wounded Georgian woman lies in front of an apartment building, damaged by a Russian
airstrike, in the northern Georgian town of Gori. According to the photographer the
woman was later helped by her
neighbours and evacuated to a safe area. Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, had launched an offensive
the day before, to retake control of breakaway South
Ossetia, causing heavy civilian casualties. Russia, which has close ties to the province and posts peacekeepers there, responded by sending in armed convoys and military combat aircraft. After four days of heavy fighting,
more than 2000 people had lost their lives, as per last conservative estimates.