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At least 6,650 residents of the predominantly Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh have fled to Armenia, according to data from before 7 p.m. Moscow and Bulgarian time, News.am reports.
With a population of over 120,000 people, this is over 5% of the people living in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to official data, the number of people who entered today alone is about five thousand.
Meanwhile, the Armenian section of Radio Liberty, Radio Azatutyun, published in his profile a video, according to which the column of runners is visible beyond the Hakkari river, i.e. tens of kilometers from the Armenian border.
“The flow of citizens of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh – note ed.) to Armenia does not stop,” the media continues.
Drone photos, as well as others shared on social media, are accompanied from information about a column starting from Stepanakert itself (the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh) with a length of 100 km.
Stepanakert now. There is an almost 100km line of cars from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia as the entire population flees. 120,000 people are leaving their homes. pic.twitter.com/p6rNDz37tl
— Neil Hauer (@NeilPHauer) September 25, 2023
Over the weekend, officials in the enclave suggested that all Armenians may flee after Azerbaijan launched a 24-hour “military operation” against its forces and forced them to surrender, rulers there pledged to disarm and Baku set up a commission to “reintegration” of the region.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan admitted that Yerevan may accept all refugees if the dialogue with Azerbaijan fails, and Armenians will be evacuated if there are no conditions in Karabakh for them to continue their existence.
According to News.am, entrants are registered to assess their current needs.
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Earlier today, Armenian media reported an explosion at a fuel depot in Stepanakert while people fleeing to Armenia were refueling. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh admit a large number of dead and wounded, some of whom may have to be airlifted to Armenia. According to the local ombudsman, the injured may be more than 200.
Today, representatives of the Karabakh Armenians and the Azerbaijani side discussed humanitarian issues, they are about to meet again in Stepanakert (called Khankendi by the Azerbaijanis). An offer was also made to the Armenians for talks in Baku. Problems related to the missing, energy and the need to quickly transport the wounded, elderly, pregnant and others in need of medical care to Armenia were also discussed.