According to the Armenian State News Agency, on the 9th local time, an official in charge of human rights affairs of Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region said that an explosion occurred at an oil depot outside Stepanakert in the Nagorno-Karabakh region (Nagorno-Karabakh region), injuring more than 26 people.
On the same day, Gegham Stepanyan, an ethnic Armenian human rights official, reportedly said that "an explosion at an oil depot in Stepanakert has injured more than 200 people." The exact number of casualties cannot be determined at this time. ”
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In the conditions of limited medical facilities in Stepanakert, although the authorities provided medical assistance to the injured, this was not enough.
Stepanian posted on social media, "In order to save the lives of the injured, there is an urgent need for planes to evacuate them (to other hospitals)." ”
At present, the cause of the explosion accident is under investigation.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region is located in the southwest of Azerbaijan and is inhabited mostly by ethnic Armenians. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, war broke out between Asia and Argentina over the ownership of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Recently, tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh have continued to escalate.
Since September, the two sides have accused each other of attacking border posts and causing casualties. In addition, the Asian side has repeatedly accused Azerbaijan of exacerbating the humanitarian situation in the region by blocking the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Armenia with the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
According to the Russian Satellite Network on September 9, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense, under the mediation of Russian peacekeepers, representatives of Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire.