Hundreds of refugees fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh – mainly women, children and the elderly – crossed into Armenia this Sunday.After Azerbaijan’s blitzkrieg against the separatists, the territory is heavily populated by Armenians.
The Armenian government announced this Sunday night 377 “people forced to leave” entered the country. According to the latest count by the Russian Defense Ministry, 311 civilians, 102 of them minors, were taken to Armenia by Russian peacekeepers.
“The Russian peacekeeping team assures that it continues to house 715 civilians, including 402 children,” the ministry explained.
Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Artsakh Republic, pointed to it 216 of these migrants have already been processed Their requirements are listed and 161 are yet to be identified. Of the 216 people identified, 118 chose to stay in private homes, while 98 will stay in facilities operated by the Armenian authorities.
The first 40 displaced people arrived in Armenia through the Lachin Corridor on Saturday, crossing the Hagari Bridge, a transfer allowed by Azeri forces controlling the area. This operation was carried out without registration or any control. The displaced people were then registered at the humanitarian center set up in Kornitzor.
The separatist authorities had earlier announced that civilians displaced by the latest violence since the last war in 2020 would be relocated to Armenia with the help of Russian peacekeepers.
A person interviewed by an agency AFP In Kornitzer, he said he was part of the “resistance” until Azerbaijan’s attack forced the rebels to surrender on Wednesday.
“Our families were in shelters. We were in the army, but yesterday we had to give up our guns. So we left,” said this man in his thirties, who was waiting with others to register at the reception centre.
Others waited for news from their loved ones. “My son was in the army. He is alive, but that worries me,” said one person.
Many fear a mass exodus from the enclave, About 120,000 people live there.
Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, surrounded by Azerbaijani troops. They have had no electricity or fuel for days, and people are short of food and medicine.A reporter confirmed AFP.
A Red Cross aid convoy has been able to enter the enclave since Sunday amid growing tension and air travel of hundreds of people.
Armenian Foreign Minister asked the United Nations on Saturday “Immediate” UN “mission” to Nagorno-Karabakh and reiterated allegations of “ethnic cleansing” in the separatist region.
For its part, the Armenian government implicitly blamed Russia for its lack of support after the victory of Azerbaijani troops who claimed control of the territory in the Caucasus.
“The foreign security system in which Armenia is involved has proven to be ineffective in protecting its security and interests,” the Armenian Prime Minister declared. Nicole PashinianIn a televised speech.
Pashinyan refers to his country’s long ties with Moscow, as with its Soviet Union neighbor, Azerbaijan.
Armenia is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance led by Russia.
In the Armenian capital, Yerevan, opposition parties staged a sixth consecutive day of protests on Sunday night, accusing the prime minister of “deliberately destroying Armenia’s relations with its partners”.
As an example of the international impact of this crisis, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip ErdoganBaku’s counterpart will meet his Azerbaijani counterpart on Monday. Ilham Aliyev.
Despite the recent military action, Armenian officials confirmed a planned meeting between the Armenian prime minister and the Azerbaijani president in Spain next month.
Nagorno-Karabakh has already been affected by two wars between the former Soviet republics of the Caucasus, Azerbaijan and Armenia: one from 1988 to 1994 (30,000 dead) and another in the fall of 2020 (6,500 dead).
The latest Baku military incursion lasted about 24 hours. It caused at least 200 deaths and 400 injuries.According to Armenian separatists.
With information from AFP and Europa Press
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