Vital Armenia-Georgia Rail Link Repaired

GORI (Combined Sources)–A major railway bridge in central Georgia damaged by an explosion during the Georgian-Ossetian conflict was reopened Sunday following the completion of repairs.

The transport of freight from Georgia to Armenia is set to resume along the railway, which Armenian and Georgian construction workers began repairing on August 18.

Armenia experienced serious fuel shortages following the explosion on August 16 that disrupted rail traffic through war-stricken Georgia. The blast left the Armenian government scrambling to restore supplies of wheat, fuel and other basic commodities from Georgian Black Sea ports.

The Gori-Tbilisi railway bridge is the main transport link between Armenia and the Batumi and Poti ports processing more than 90 percent of freight shipped to and from the landlocked country. Large-scale supplies of fuel and other basic commodities to Armenia resumed shortly after through another Georgian rail bridge, prepared for temporary use.

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