Asia Crisis

US says about 170 Americans evacuated from Georgia

WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Monday it had helped to evacuate at least 170 American citizens from Georgia as well as dependents of embassy staff in the capital Tbilisi because of fighting with Russia.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood said about 170 private American citizens joined several U.S. convoys bound for Armenia. Dependents of U.S. embassy staff were also in those convoys, he said.

He said the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi was open despite these departures and it was unclear how many other Americans had fled the fighting, which broke out last Thursday over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. (Reporting by Sue Pleming; Editing by Kristin Roberts)