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Nagorno-Karabakh: Stepanakert residents describe lives amid hostilities04:47

Nagorno-Karabakh: Stepanakert residents describe lives amid hostilities

Disputed Territory, Stepanakert
October 1, 2020 at 08:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ruptly talked to Stepanakert residents on Thursday amid the escalation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh region to learn about their life whilst hostilities take place.

Some of the respondents said they got used to such situations and are not afraid for their lives, but for the lives of children, adding that they are not going to leave the disputed territory.

"I am not afraid, I stay mostly at home. Small children are in the basement as well. I am not afraid. Earlier I was not afraid and now, too. I just feel pity for our children, and civilians," said one of the locals.

Another local, Erna, told Ruptly that she would not leave the city even if she had an opportunity to do so. She works in a grocery store and believes it’s her duty to provide people with an access to food.

"Of course, it is scary. But whatever happens, I will not give them the land. Even a stone," emphasised a local man.

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Stepanakert residents describe lives amid hostilities04:47
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Ruptly talked to Stepanakert residents on Thursday amid the escalation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh region to learn about their life whilst hostilities take place.

Some of the respondents said they got used to such situations and are not afraid for their lives, but for the lives of children, adding that they are not going to leave the disputed territory.

"I am not afraid, I stay mostly at home. Small children are in the basement as well. I am not afraid. Earlier I was not afraid and now, too. I just feel pity for our children, and civilians," said one of the locals.

Another local, Erna, told Ruptly that she would not leave the city even if she had an opportunity to do so. She works in a grocery store and believes it’s her duty to provide people with an access to food.

"Of course, it is scary. But whatever happens, I will not give them the land. Even a stone," emphasised a local man.

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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