Over half of Karabakh population fled: Armenia

More than 65,000 Armenians have fled Nagorno-Karabakh for Armenia, Yerevan announced Thursday, as the exodus continues from the breakaway enclave which Azerbaijan recaptured last week in a lighting offensive.

By Thursday morning, “65,036 forcefully displaced persons crossed into Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh,” Armenian government spokeswoman, Nazeli Baghdasaryan, said in a statement.

Some 120,000 ethnic Armenians were estimated to be living in the territory before Baku’s offensive.

“The state is providing suitable housing to all those who do not have a predetermined place of residence,” she added.

On Sunday, Azerbaijan reopened the sole road linking Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, the Lachin corridor policed by Russian peacekeepers — four days after Armenian separatist forces agreed to lay down arms and disband their army.

The return of the Armenian-populated separatist enclave under the control of the central government in Baku has led to a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians.

Internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, which broke away from Baku three decades, was at the centre of two wars between mostly Christian Armenia and predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.

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