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Nagorno-Karabakh: Ethnic Armenians displaced by shelling speak of ordeal04:41

Nagorno-Karabakh: Ethnic Armenians displaced by shelling speak of ordeal

Disputed Territory, Shusha
October 22, 2020 at 12:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Some ethnic Armenians from the village of Maghavuz in Nagorno-Karabakh have sought refuge in the town of Shusha as fighting over the disputed region continues between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

People displaced by the hostilities spoke of their ordeal at a Shusha bomb shelter on Wednesday.

One of them, Ruzanna Balayan, said her family had left the home village shortly after the conflict started on September 27.

“In the beginning, we lived in the woods for seven days, we hoped that we would return soon, and everything would end in a little while and we would return to the village. But, alas, everything is still on, in the forest it was already dangerous for us, so we came to the city of Shusha.”

The town of Shusha has also been shelled several times since the fighting began, with the historic Ghazanchetsots cathedral and the town’s cultural centre suffering damages.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh broke out on September 27.

The hostilities have continued in the region despite Yerevan and Baku agreeing on a second humanitarian truce on Saturday, October 17.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Ethnic Armenians displaced by shelling speak of ordeal04:41
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Some ethnic Armenians from the village of Maghavuz in Nagorno-Karabakh have sought refuge in the town of Shusha as fighting over the disputed region continues between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

People displaced by the hostilities spoke of their ordeal at a Shusha bomb shelter on Wednesday.

One of them, Ruzanna Balayan, said her family had left the home village shortly after the conflict started on September 27.

“In the beginning, we lived in the woods for seven days, we hoped that we would return soon, and everything would end in a little while and we would return to the village. But, alas, everything is still on, in the forest it was already dangerous for us, so we came to the city of Shusha.”

The town of Shusha has also been shelled several times since the fighting began, with the historic Ghazanchetsots cathedral and the town’s cultural centre suffering damages.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh broke out on September 27.

The hostilities have continued in the region despite Yerevan and Baku agreeing on a second humanitarian truce on Saturday, October 17.

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