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Red Cross Continues Humanitarian Efforts for Several Dozen Remaining Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh

Red Cross: Continues Humanitarian Efforts for Several Dozen Remaining Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues its vital work in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), reaching out to the remaining Armenian families in the region. Zara Amatuni, the Communication and Prevention Program Manager at ICRC's Armenia office, informed Armenpress about the ongoing efforts and the present situation.

Amatuni clarified that while exact figures are challenging to ascertain, it's estimated that several dozen Armenians have chosen to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh despite the mass exodus of Armenians to Armenia. The ICRC teams on the ground have been focusing on aiding those who have opted or were unable to leave due to various reasons.

"We assisted around 50 people, particularly those with physical vulnerabilities or health issues, who desired to relocate but faced difficulties. Additionally, we facilitated communication between several dozen individuals in Nagorno-Karabakh and their relatives in Armenia through phone and video calls," stated Amatuni.

The assessment from ICRC's visits indicates that the critical needs of these individuals revolve around essentials like food, medicine, and access to water. The teams provide medical examinations and offer necessary medication where possible. Due to restricted access to various services, these individuals find themselves in vulnerable situations.

Amatuni emphasized that the ICRC's presence will persist in Nagorno-Karabakh as long as humanitarian needs prevail and their impartial mediation remains crucial. The organization, with over 30 years of active presence in the region, has continually responded to escalating humanitarian requirements.

During the recent crisis, the ICRC significantly increased its resources and activities, assisting in the transportation of wounded individuals and those deceased due to conflict incidents, including the explosion at the Stepanakert gasoline depot. Amatuni reported that 124 injured persons were transported to Armenia for treatment, and the remains of 220 individuals were transferred to Armenia with ICRC's assistance, most of whom were victims of the depot explosion.


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