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Georgia: South Ossetia

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of (a) civilians in South Ossetia killed as a result of Georgian actions and (b) Georgian citizens killed as a result of Russian actions in the recent conflict; and if he will make a statement. (223179)

Human Rights Watch have estimated fewer than 100 (Ossetian) civilians were killed in South Ossetia as a result of Georgia's actions. The Investigative Committee under the Russian General Prosecutors Office, whose investigation is still under way, have reported that they have so far been able to identify 137 victims.

On 15 September the Georgian Ministry of Defence released official figures for the number of Georgians killed as a result of the conflict. They reported a total of 370 deaths, consisting of 188 civilians, 168 military personnel and 14 Ministry of Internal Affairs personnel.