At least 68 people were killed in an explosion at a fuel depot in Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday, local officials said Tuesday evening.
The Nagorno-Karabakh separatist government said there were “68 confirmed deaths”. It added that the explosion also injured 290 people who have been hospitalized and many of them are in a serious condition. The fate of another 105 people is unknown.
The blast outside the regional capital Stepanakert happened as residents lined up outside a warehouse to buy fuel for their cars before fleeing to Armenia.
The Armenian government announced on Tuesday morning that 13,350 refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh, or about 12% of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, have already arrived in Armenia.
It has already been reported that thousands of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh have fled to Armenia after last week’s extended military operation by Azerbaijan, as a result of which the authorities of the Armenian Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, which existed “de facto” for more than 30 years, actually capitulated to Baku.
Although Azerbaijan has promised to respect the rights of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh and end its ten-month blockade of the region, many Nagorno-Karabakh residents have decided to flee to Armenia, fearing reprisals from Azerbaijan.
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