17 May 2019 17:44

S. Ossetia to close border with Georgia on May 20

TSKHINVAL. May 17 (Interfax) - The South Ossetian State Security Committee (KGB) is closing the border with Georgia for the duration of the mourning events commemorating the anniversary of the Zar tragedy which took place on May 20, 1992.

"The KGB states that due to tightened security measures for the duration of the events, the passage of citizens in areas of facilitated crossing of the state border with Georgia will be suspended at 8 p.m. on May 19," the KGB press service said.

The border crossing points will resume normal operation at 6 a.m. on May 21.

On May 20, 1992, Georgian armed units gunned down South Ossetian civilians trying to leave the besieged Tskhinval using a side road in the village of Zar, Tskhinval district.