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Azerbaijan Attacks Nagorno-Karabakh Land and Harasses Residents

03/09/2022 Nagorno-Karabakh (International Christian Concern) – Azerbaijan continues its aggression towards the Armenian land and people of Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh). March 7, Azerbaijani forces opened fire on Armenian soldiers in several spots along buffer zones, which resulted in at least one death of an Armenian. Now, the area of Nagorno-Karabakh has been cut off from the gas supply.

The cause of the issue remains unknown but the damaged portion of the main gas pipeline remains under Azerbaijani control, and to date, Azerbaijan has not allowed the company specialists to access the site to assess the damage and repair it. Artsakh Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan commented on the situation saying, “Obstructing the resumption of gas supply is proof of the intention of the Azerbaijani side to cause problems in the humanitarian sphere in Artsakh, to disrupt normal life.”

On March 8, Azerbaijani forces also fired at the Artsakh Defense Army near Kharmort and shelled the village. Earlier in the week, Azerbaijan harassed the residents via loudspeakers threatening them to leave.

Azerbaijan invaded the Armenian-occupied territory of Nagorno-Karabakh after provocations beginning in the summer of 2020. The 44-day war officially ended after a ceasefire agreement was signed on November 10, although aggression and cultural erasure of the Christian nation continues today. Azerbaijan, with aid from its ally Turkey, has been accused of committing war crimes against the Armenian people of Artsakh during the war.

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