Humanitarian and security update in Karabakh and in the Lachin corridor – Update as of 16/06/23

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The “Artsakh Information Centre” reported on 16 June the following toll in the enclave: 1,435 citizens deprived of the possibility of surgery, 492 people transferred to Armenia by the ICRC since 12 December, 11,000 people having lost their jobs, 860 companies having suspended their activity, a fall in GDP of 39%, more than 69,123 tons of basic necessities not delivered since 12 December, 20,000 children deprived of “stable conditions for a appropriate education“, 3,900 people including 550 children unable to reach their homes, a total or partial blockage of the gas supply for 121 days, an electricity supply interrupted for 158 days.

In addition, this same bulletin relayed several information: the ban imposed on 15 June by Azerbaijan on the movement of humanitarian convoys in the Lachin corridor, in particular “25 patients and the people accompanying them transported by the ICRC from Artsakh to Armenia” as well as “the transport of dozens of civilians from Artsakh to Armenia via the Stepanakert-Goris-Stepanakert road scheduled by the Russian peacekeeping contingent” and “the movement of Russian trucks to Goris to the humanitarian supply needs of Artsakh“. Likewise was denounced “the obstruction to the entry into Artsakh of persons having a domicile in Armenia” on 13 June. He also reported a “new act of cultural vandalism“, the destruction of Halivor’s point.

On 9 June, this same source denounced the imminence of an ecological disaster due to “the continuous drying up of the Sarsang reservoir”, and the resumption of the process of distributing ration cards for basic necessities.

The security situation in this area has deteriorated considerably over the past two weeks.

As early as 5 June, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry denounced violations of the ceasefire on 2 and 3 June “in the direction of “Azerbaijani positions located in the Kalbajar district” then on 4 Junein the direction of Shusha and Khojaly”, accusations systematically referring to the intervention of “illegal Armenian armed detachments”. Moreover, this same ministry reported on the destruction of “a quadricopter carrying out a reconnaissance flight over the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the direction of the region of Aghdam and belonging to members of illegal Armenian armed detachments on Azerbaijani territory” on 4 June. At the same time, the “Artsakh Defence Army” denounced “Azerbaijani fire with small arms in the central and northeastern directions of the line of contact” on 5 June and then others on the same day ” in the east and south-west directions of the line of contact”.

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