Thousands of ethnic Armenians have fled the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region after Azerbaijan launched a 24-hour military operation to wrest control of the disputed territory from Armenian separatist forces. One survivor said that the firing of the Azerbaijani armed forces against his village claimed the lives of many civilians.
Petya Grigoryan: “We could barely survive the last few days. The bombings were terrifying. Artillery attacks from all sides. There are dead bodies. I don’t know where (the bodies) are now. (There were) two refrigerated trucks filled to the brim with bodies, and nowhere to bury them. (…) Of the 500 residents in my home, only 40 escaped. Everyone stayed there. They are at the airport and in the city, in different places. And they are waiting to be evacuated. “
Over the weekend, Armenia called on the UN to help ensure the rights of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he needs Azerbaijan to ensure the protection of civilians.
Prime minister Nikol Pashinyan: “If effective protection mechanisms against ethnic cleansing and real living conditions for Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians in their own homes are not created, then the possibility that Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians will see exile from their homeland as the only way to preserve their lives and their identity.”
Meanwhile, Armenian protesters continue to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Pashinyan for not supporting Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh.