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Nagorno-Karabakh region’s clash deteriorates further, affecting thousands


The severe bombardment in the secessionist region of Nagorno-Karabakh is inflicting intense danger on the civilians as the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces indicates no precursors of subsiding the clash as on Wednesday, with one local stooped down under a shelter bellowing, “How can one stand it? How long will it last?”

Since September 27, conflicts between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the area have slayed hundreds in one of the nastiest intensification of aggressions since 1994 when an armistice ended a war that seethed for many years. Nagorno-Karabakh is positioned inside Azerbaijan but has been controlled by the ethnic Armenian forces with the support of Armenia for more than 25 years.

Stepanakert is the land’s capital. It has been facing severe artillery salvo in the past few days. Sparks of blasts were visible from the city’s interior on Tuesday night.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s people are suffering

Local residents are constantly hunting for shelters to get away from all the violence, flustered over persistent forays on the city.

“Bombing … buildings and houses are destroyed. We are so afraid of it. How can one stand it? How long will it last?” Sida, one frightened local who remained in a shelter on Tuesday night, informed The Associated Press declining to give her full name.

Armenian Defence Ministry official Artsrun Ovannisian said on Wednesday that Stepanakert has been made a target yet again by Azerbaijan in conjunction with other settlements. Nagorno-Karabakh spokespeople said that civilian substructure and a few housing buildings in Stepanakert have been smacked by missiles and drones.

Azerbaijan has denied assertions of affecting resident infrastructure in Stepanakert. Hikmet Hajiyev, an Azerbaijani presidential advisor, said that Azerbaijani forces only pursued military items in and nearby Stepanakert, conceding, although, that “some collateral damage” was plausible.

The clash in the region — with heavy artillery, military planes and drones — has persisted even with several international requests for concluding the conflict. Both sides have tossed allegations of increasing the aggressions past Nagorno-Karabakh and of going after innocent residents.

Officials of places around Nagorno-Karabakh call for peace

Iran has issued a warning that repeated clashes between its fellow regions of Azerbaijan and Armenia might worsen into a bigger and more harmful local conflict.

President Hassan Rouhani said that he wishes to “restore stability” to the region after days of aggressive collisions over the dubious Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The territory is legitimately a part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s latest state

The present-day conflict is the most awful seen in many years, and both sides have accused each other of the atrocities.

This fight has expatriated half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s people – about 70,000 in number- the area’s human rights regulator Artak Beglaryan informed a news agency.

The capital city in Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, has been severely affected by the clash. Locals have been seeking shelter in cellars and vaults, and parts of the city have been left powerless.

There have been new strikes on Wednesday morning and smoke was visible in the vicinity of Stepanakert.

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