For the second day already, Azerbaijan has blocked all kinds of humanitarian transportation to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), which were carried out during the blockade accompanied by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Russian peacekeeping force. This is stated on the Facebook page of Artsakh HRD Gegham Stepanyan.
"For the second day, Azerbaijan has been blocking all types of humanitarian transportation to Artsakh, that were carried out accompanied by the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Russian peacekeeping contingent during the blockade.
The ban on humanitarian cargo transportation aggravates the humanitarian crisis situation in Artsakh created as a result of the blockade. The already limited food situation that has arisen as a result of the 6-month-long blockade poses existential threats to 120,000 people of Artsakh, including 30,000 children, 20,000 elderly, and 9,000 people with disabilities.
Due to the complete blockage of the corridor, the pre-planned transportation of 102 patients and their accompanying persons from Artsakh to Armenia and vice versa was not carried out. The supply of necessary medicines has also been completely stopped, which creates serious problems for the citizens and medical institutions of Artsakh.
The complete blockade of Artsakh by Azerbaijan, the ban on humanitarian transportation, and the deliberate and continuous disruption of the normal operation of the vital infrastructure are clear indications of humanitarian issues being used by Azerbaijan to exert pressure, intimidate, and make various demands on the people of Artsakh.
Humanitarian issues are used by Azerbaijan as a tool to advance its policy of ethnic hatred and ethnic cleansing against the people of Artsakh."