Yerevan accuses Turkey of preventing planes carrying aid to Armenia from...

Armenia accused Turkey On Thursday, flights carrying emergency aid were prevented from flying in its airspace, while renewed conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh threatens to trigger a humanitarian crisis there.

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchanged accusations of violating the ceasefire that was agreed upon less than a week ago, with the aim of enabling the two sides to exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead in the clashes that erupted since the 27th of September.

This fighting is the fiercest since the war that broke out during the 1990s over the region and claimed 30,000 lives.

Resumption of military confrontations on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The Ministry of Defense in the Nagorno Karabakh region said today, Thursday, that it had recorded 49 new deaths among its armed forces. This brings the number of military deaths to 604 since the outbreak of the fighting.

According to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, the army maintains “field superiority” along the line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh, but the situation in the Igdir-Aghdam and Fizuli-Hadrut-Gabriel axes remains tense.

The Azerbaijan Public Prosecutor’s Office stated that two civilians were wounded in the bombing in Agdam.

Shushan Stepanyan, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, accused the Azerbaijani armed forces of firing artillery from the north and southeast, but said, Nagorno Karabakh was taking “appropriate response measures to the attacks”.

International organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, have warned that the conflict, which coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic, could leave tens of thousands in need of aid in the coming months.

The High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs in Armenia, Zarah Sinanian, said that the delivery of 100 tons of American aid was suspended after Turkey prevented the aid-bound plane from Armenia from using its airspace.

On Wednesday, the Armenian Civil Aviation Commission received a notification that the Qatar Airways flight from Los Angeles was canceled without giving reasons.

“We have reason to say: Turkey has deliberately closed its airspace,” said Committee Chairman Tatevik Revazyan, adding that Armenia is looking for an alternative route that passes over Russia or Georgia.

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry, which is in charge of airspace affairs, was not available for comment.

Besides the concern over the humanitarian situation, there are fears that Russia and Turkey will be drawn into the conflict. Turkey’s military exports to its ally Azerbaijan have increased six-fold this year, data showed, while there is a defense agreement between Armenia and Russia.

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