Israeli reporters robbed by Russian soldiers in Georgia

Thursday, August 14, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Four Israeli journalists were robbed at gunpoint by Russian soldiers while trying to cover events in the occupied Georgian city of Gori on Thursday morning.

A Ha'aretz reporter who was part of the group recounted that as a larger group of foreign journalists approached a Russian checkpoint at the entrance to Gori, soldiers manning the position suddenly and without provocation began firing into the air to disperse the group.

As the Israelis were trying to get into their vehicle to leave, a Russian soldier appeared and fired several rounds into the ground before demanding that the Israelis abandon the car and make their way back to Georgian positions on foot. The soldier then stole the vehicle and drove back to the checkpoint.

Meanwhile, Israelis of Georgian decent continued to protest Jerusalem's refusal to side with Tbilisi in the conflict by forming a human chain on Tel Aviv's beachfront Thursday afternoon.

Many Israelis want Israel to renew its transfer of arms to Georgia and to provide the small Caucasus nation with outright support against the Russian invaders.

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