The explosion at a fuel tank in Nagorno Karabakh this Monday night leaves at least 200 injured and the number of fatalities is unknown.
An explosion at a fuel tank in Nagorno Karabakh this Monday night leaves at least 200 injured and the number of fatalities is unknown. It happened at a service station where a line of cars was waiting to refuel and leave the enclave. The cause of the explosion, which occurred near the highway that connects the regional capital, Stepanekert, with the city of Askeran, is unknown.
Thousands of ethnic Armenians have decided to leave fearing ethnic cleansing despite assurances from Azerbaijan after it reimposed its military control of Nagorno-Karabakh. So far, more than 13,000 people have crossed into Armenia from the enclave, which was home to a majority of about 120,000 ethnic Armenians.
“We only brought this. We left everything behind, everything, a three-story house with pigs, chickens, everything,” explains Vladik, a refugee
“We lost our home, the place where we lived, our Nagorno-Karabakh. We belong to Armenia, this is also our home. But why are we humiliated like this, why does the world not intervene?” explains Laura, an Armenian refugee.
Meanwhile, Armenians in their capital, Yerevan, continue to demonstrate against what they see as their government’s failure to protect and support the Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh. The opposition calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinián before the meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev, on October 5 in the Spanish city of Granada.
The recent military offensive launched by Azerbaijan ended with the surrender of administrative officials and separatists in the region, internationally recognized as Acerbaijani territory, but with an Armenian majority and an enormous cultural link with the neighboring country.
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