De-facto authorities of occupied Tskhinvali region close "border" with Georgia on anniversary of 2008 war

The Ajameti crossing checkpoint has been closed by de-facto authorities a number of times in 2019 alone. Photo: Nika Lebanidze/, 06 Aug 2019 - 16:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

The de-facto authorities of Georgia's occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region have announced a temporary closing of the "border crossing" location between the region and the Georgian-controlled territory starting on Tuesday evening.

Announcing the move, the so-called Secutiy Committee of the region said the Ajameti checkpoint - the only point for crossing the administrative boundary line - would be closed at 8pm.

A view on the Ajameti checkpoint, the only point of crossing the administrative boundary line between Georgian-controlled territory and the occupied Tskhinvali region. Photo: Nika Lebadnize/

The de-facto body said crossing would be suspended in relation to events held in the occupied region to "mark the 11th anniversary of the Georgian aggression", referring to five-day armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in the region in 2008.

The "border" checkpoint is expected to be reopened early in the morning on Friday to let locals resume their commute between Tskhinvali and the Georgian-controlled territory.

The Ajameti crossing has been closed by the de-facto authorities a number of times in 2019 alone, with a 40-day closure taking place starting in January and another suspension following in June.