Azerbaijan says it has full control over the Nagorno-Karabakh territories and more than 28,000 of the region's 120,000 ethnic Armenian residents have fled to Armenia, according to Armenian authorities.
People who made it to Armenia have left stories of how they fled death, war and hunger, Reuters reports. Some have said they have seen many civilians killed.
Samantha Power, director of the U.S. Transportation Agency (USAID), visited the border village of Kornidzor and said she had heard "very disturbing reports of violence against civilians."
Countries want to see monitoring missions
There is now pressure from the outside world asking Azerbaijan to allow international monitoring missions into the country, including from Germany's Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, and the United States. Baerbock also announced her decision to increase the country's humanitarian aid. The U.S. will also provide more money in humanitarian aid, $11.5 million, USAID announced.
Samantha Power calls on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to fully open the so-called Lachin Corridor connecting the region with Armenia and allow aid supplies.
First and foremost, we call on Azerbaijan to maintain the ceasefire and take concrete steps to protect the rights of civilians. President Aliyev has promised to protect the rights of ethnic Armenians. Azerbaijan must live up to this promise, says Samantha Power.
Erdogan shows support for Azerbaijan
Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the Azerbaijani President. Since the start of the offensive, Erdogan has repeatedly expressed his support for Azerbaijan's military.
After Monday's meeting, Erdogan said Azerbaijan's victory in last week's offensive in the region opened a window for normalization in the region, and said he hoped Armenia would take "sincere steps" to seize the opportunity for stability and peace in the region.