1. People at the steps of Hall of Culture, several hundred metres (yards) from Number One School
2. Man pouring tea for women
3. Tired looking woman
4. Turret of armoured personnel carrier
6. AK47 rifle
7. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Valery Andreyev, Chief of the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) in Northern Ossetia:
"Once again (Doctor) Leonid Mikhailovich Roshal demonstrates his civil braveness. He has arrived in Beslan and at the moment is in contact with the terrorists. The talks are in progress."
8. Pan of people crowding around building
10. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Koba, a schoolboy who escaped from the school at the start of the siege:
"They (the terrorists) told us that if the building was stormed they would blow it up. If any of them were killed they would kill fifty of us, if any of them wounded - they will kill twenty. If there are talks they only want to meet (Ossetian President Alexander) Dzasokhov, or the Ingushetian Prosecutor, or this doctor from Moscow (Leonid Roshal)."
11. Crowd around the Hall of Culture
12. Various of relatives
13. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Zalina, Relative (but not a parent) of some of the hostages:
"We cannot go home and we will not leave. We will wait for an answer. We expect assistance from the authorities. Let our republic (North Ossetia) and the Russian federal power help us. We think that they have to help us. We cannot go home and leave our children there. They are innocent."
Relatives of the hostages seized in a school in North Ossetia faced a sleepless night on Wednesday, as they waited for more information about their loved ones.
Hundreds of relatives gathered at a cultural centre several hundred metres (yards) from the school.
The Federal Security Service chief for North Ossetia, Valery Andreyev, said there might be 120-300 captives, while an official at the Emergency Situations Ministry branch for southern Russia said authorities believed the number was 336.
Earlier, officials had said up to 400 people were taken captive.
Andreyev said the hostage-takers had refused offers of food and water.
Earlier, the school attackers demanded talks with regional officials and a well-known paediatrician, Leonid Roshal, who aided hostages during the deadly seizure of a Moscow theatre in 2002.
Andreyev later said Roshal was in contact with the captors.
Attackers wrapped in suicide-bomb belts raided the school in the region bordering Chechnya, threatening to kill captives or blow up the building if it was stormed by encircling Russian troops.
Camouflage-clad troops carrying heavy-calibre machine guns scrambled into positions around the School No. 1 in the North Ossetian town of Beslan.
In a tense standoff, the militants placed a sniper on an upper floor of the building, and throughout the day the Russian media reported sporadic gunfire and the sound of explosions coming from the building.
The school seizure began after a ceremony marking the first day of Russia's school year, a big event in which students, often accompanied by parents, arrive at school carrying bouquets for their new teacher.
Most of the children taken hostage were believed to be under 14 years old.
The attackers are believed to include men and women.
Most of the hostages were herded into the school gym, but others - primarily children - were ordered to stand at the windows.
The attackers warned they would blow up the building if the police tried to storm it.
At least 12 children and one adult managed to escape after hiding in the building's boiler room during the raid, said Ruslan Ayamov, spokesman for North Ossetia's Interior Ministry.
Media reports suggested that as many as 50 children managed to flee in the chaos of the raid.
Lev Dzugayev, an aide to North Ossetia's president, said brief contact with the captors indicated they were treating the children "more or less acceptably" and were holding them separately from the adults. He said their demands were unclear.
Dzugayev said the attackers night be from Chechnya or another neighbouring region, Ingushetia - which could be explosive because relations between Ingush and Ossetians have remained tense since an armed conflict in 1992.
The hostage-takers also demanded the release of fighters detained over a series of attacks on police facilities in Ingushetia in June, ITAR-Tass reported, citing regional officials.
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who Russian media say has close contacts with Ingush extremists, claimed responsibility for those well-coordinated raids, which killed more than 90 people.
Russia called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, which scheduled consultations for later on Wednesday.