War in Abkhazia (1998)
|War in Abkhazia (1998)|
|Part of the Georgian–Abkhazian conflict|
|Abkhazia|| White Legion
|Commanders and leaders|
|Sergei Bagapsh||Zurab Samushia
|1,500 troops||300 guerrillas|
|Casualties and losses|
|8 killed, 17 wounded (confirmed by Abkhazia),
at least 300 killed and
(per Georgian sources)
(per Georgian sources),
about 160 killed
|35 Georgian civilians killed,
30,000 - 40,000 displaced
The War in Abkhazia in 1998 took place in the Gali district of Abkhazia, after ethnic Georgians launched an insurgency against the Abkhazian secessionist government. The conflict is sometimes referred to as the Six-Day War of Abkhazia however this name only takes into account the Abkhazian May 20, 1998 - May 26, 1998 offensive while hostilities and insurgent attacks had already occurred before that date.
The conflict started on May 18, when Georgian partisans killed 20 Abkhaz policeman. Abkhaz regular forces retaliated and fought against the partisans.
Despite calls by the opposition to send troops to help the rebels, President Eduard Shevardnadze refused to send troops to Abkhazia. The rebellion was crushed by May 26, and Abkhaz forces set fire to Georgia homes.
- Bahcheli, Tozun (2004). De Facto States: The Quest For Sovereignty. Psychology Press. p. 151.
- Олег Татарченков. ШЕСТИДНЕВНАЯ ВОЙНА В ГАЛЬСКОМ РАЙОНЕ
- Ethnic conflict in Georgia, by Vicken Cheterian
|Timeline||Abkhazian side||Georgian side|