After the start of a large-scale Azerbaijani military operation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Caucasus, more than 7,000 civilians were transferred from 16 towns to safety, according to Armenian information.
Communities in the Askeran, Martakert, Martuni and Shushi regions have been evacuated, Nagorno-Karabakh Human Rights Ombudsman Gegam Stepanyan said on Twitter today (X).
Schallenberg: UN special session on the attack
As Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said, in light of the Azerbaijani attack, a special session of the UN Security Council is being held at the initiative of France.
Armenia, Azerbaijan’s neighboring country, had previously requested assistance from the UN Security Council. The Nagorno-Karabakh region, which was attacked mostly by Armenians, is inhabited.
Many deaths due to bombing
Azerbaijan launched a military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh in the morning. According to local authorities, at least 25 people were killed and more than 130 others were injured as a result of the Azerbaijani bombing.
Azerbaijan demanded the laying down of arms and the abdication of the Armenian leadership in the internationally unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, which renamed itself Artsakh a few years ago, as a condition for ending its military operations.
Protests in Yerevan
Protests have broken out in the Armenian capital Yerevan in response to Azerbaijan’s bombing of Nagorno-Karabakh. The demonstrators demanded that their Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan take more decisive action and support the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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