Flames from the fire at the fuel depot in Berkadzor
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More than 200 people were injured after an explosion at a gas station in Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday, Reuters reported, citing local media and the Karabakh ombudsman.
Most of the injured are in serious condition and must be transported elsewhere by air, as Karabakh is unable to treat them. The incident was caused by a strong explosion in a gasoline warehouse not far from the Stepanakert – Askeran road, BTA adds.
There are victims and wounded. People who suffered burns were taken to medical facilities. The Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh said it had taken over the treatment of 23 wounded and was currently considering where to transfer them.
The cause of the explosion is still unclear. It comes as Azerbaijani troops enter the disputed region, populated mostly by Armenians, after capturing it in a lightning military operation last week, DPA noted.
Over 5% of the residents of Karabakh entered Armenia, thousands are waiting in a kilometer column
Images shared on social media showed large flames. Politician Metaxe Hakobyan said that at the time of the incident, many people were queuing for gas at the site because they wanted to travel to Armenia.
Residents of Nagorno-Karabakh, mainly ethnic Armenians, began leaving their homes on Sunday, with Yerevan reporting that about 5 percent of the region’s 120,000 population have already crossed into Armenia.