Nagorno-Karabakh: the population continues to leave the region to seek shelter in Armenia

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Medical workers who took refuge in the basement of a hospital during the bombing of Azerbaijani artillery in Stepanakert, October 28, 2020. AP Photo

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Azerbaijan accused Armenia of having killed 21 people and injured dozens more in missile fire targeting Barda, a region near Nagorno-Karabakh.

Stepanakert hospital and the town of Shushi were bombed on Wednesday.

Faced with the intensification of the fighting, the inhabitants continue to leave the region to take shelter in Armenian territory.

Report about twenty kilometers south of Latchin (in Tegh) in the first Armenian village after Nagorno-Karabakh.


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Anastasia Becchio and Richard Riffonneau

About ten cars parked along the road at a military checkpoint.

Suren, 58, comes from the Martouni region in Nagorno-Karabakh.

His village is now within range of the Azerbaijani army.

Suren decided to take his wife to safety in Armenia.


It's very tense, really very tense.

They're sending us Smertch rockets.

They have drones, cluster bombs, they have everything and we have nothing.

They destroyed missile defense systems and now they are trying to eliminate us.

They want to surround us, but we will fight to the end. 


To read also: Nagorno-Karabakh: the inhabitants of Lachin flee to the city of Goris

Like all Nagorno-Karabakh men under the age of 60, Suren is not allowed to leave the region.

He had no intention of doing so anyway.

As is Kamo, 54, who comes from the same village.

He comes to drop off his wife and mother who go to relatives in Armenia

 They use very sophisticated weapons against civilians.

It is a real genocide of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Our village has so far been spared, but the neighboring towns are half destroyed.

We are worried because the enemy is approaching the neighboring village of ours. 


Kamo and Suren leave for Nagorno-Karabakh.

That night, armed with automatic rifles, they will stand guard near their village. 

To read also: Nagorno-Karabakh: "We are witnessing the last stages of this war"


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