60-year-old woman Tamar Gigauri fell into a well of seven meters deep in Georgia’s Russian-occupied Akhalgori district yesterday, but the Tskhinvali occupation regime is not allowing her family to transfer the woman to a Tbilisi hospital.
Tamar Gigauri is in critical condition.
Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, Georgian Minister of Reconciliation and Civil Equality, urged all decision-making bodies to guide by humanitarian principles and not to endanger the health of the injured woman from Akhalgori region.
As Ketevan Tsikhelashvili stated, the government is doing its best to protect the victim’s interests. They contacted the International Committee of the Red Cross and activated the hot line.
I hope that this humanitarian issue will not be delayed, as it concerns the most fundamental rights of human”, said Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.
Earlier in late September Margo Martiashvili, who suffered a stroke in the Russian-controlled Akhalgori district, died in the hospital of occupied Tskhinvali as her relatives were unable to transport her to the Tbilisi-controlled territory via the shortest route due to the closure of the so-called border.
After the Russia-Georgia 2008 War patients from the Russian-occupied region have been transported to Tbilisi-controlled territory via the shortest, so-called Razdakhani checkpoint, with the help of the Red Cross.
However, due to the closure of the so-called border since September of the year it is impossible to use the route for medical purposes, and people living in Akhalgori are forced to wait for emergency brigades from Tskhinvali, which take longer than an hour to arrive.