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03/29/2022 Nagorno-Karabakh (International Christian Concern) – According to Armenia’s Security Council, Azerbaijan is paving the way for new provocations and attacks in the Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh) region. Since the beginning of March, skirmishes along border lines and humanitarian violations have increased.

Between March 8 and March 19, the gas line into the region was damaged, and Azerbaijan did not allow for repairs to be made. After making a concession to allow for repairs, the gas line was cut again on March 21 and was only restored on March 28. Residents of Nagorno-Karabakh were without warm water and gas for heating in freezing temperatures for a significant portion of the month.

On March 24 and 25, Azerbaijani troops also completed four drone strikes near Furukh, an action that was confirmed and condemned by the Russian peacekeeper mission. The borderlines were ignored as Azerbaijan invaded the area. Azerbaijan denied the incidents.

Armenia, a historically Christian nation, and Azerbaijan engaged in a 44-day war in the fall of 2020. Since then, tensions have flared along border zones as Azerbaijan has reportedly promised to erase the Christian heritage from the disputed lands of Nagorno-Karabakh and threatened the remaining Christian residents. The Armenian Foreign Ministry stated that, “the objective of Azerbaijan’s policy of systematic violence and terror against Nagorno-Karabakh is ethnic cleansing of the Armenian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh.”

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