Gas Station Explosion in Nagorno-Karabakh Leaves 68 Dead, Dozens Missing

Explosion at Nagorno-Karabakh Gas Station Claims 68 Lives

The death toll from a devastating explosion at a gas station in the war-torn Nagorno-Karabakh region has tragically risen to at least 68, according to Reuters. The explosion occurred amidst the ongoing armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Missing Persons and Injuries

Reports indicate that in addition to the fatalities, 105 individuals are still unaccounted for, and around 300 people sustained injuries in the incident that transpired on the 25th of this month. The Karabakh Ombudsman’s Office has released this distressing information.

Panic Amidst Fleeing Crowds

The accident unfolded as a mass exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh was taking place, with countless individuals and vehicles rushing to gas stations in desperate need of fuel. This chaotic situation contributed to the tragedy.

International Support and Aid

Acknowledging the immense suffering faced by the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, Adrian Watson, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council (NSC), expressed deepest condolences. The United States remains committed to extending assistance to those traversing from the region into Armenia.

Furthermore, Speaker Watson emphasized that emergency humanitarian aid, encompassing healthcare services and essential supplies like hygiene products, blankets, and clothing, will be promptly provided to those affected by the violence or left homeless in the region.

According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a substantial humanitarian aid package totaling $11.5 million will be allocated to the area.

Exodus to Safety

The Armenian government revealed on the 26th that approximately 28,000 out of Nagorno-Karabakh’s 120,000 Armenian residents had already crossed into Armenia. This exodus reflects the urgency to escape the intensifying conflict and seek sanctuary.

Source: VOA News – *This article references Reuters.

Reuters said the death toll from an explosion at a gas station in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, where armed conflict broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan last week, had risen to at least 68.

According to the news agency, the Office of the Karabakh Ombudsman announced yesterday (26th) that 105 people were missing in addition to the deaths, and around 300 were injured in the accident that happened on the 25th.

According to all reports, the accident happened as thousands of people and vehicles trying to flee Nagorno-Karabakh flocked to gas stations to get fuel.

Meanwhile, White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Adrian Watson said in a statement yesterday, “We offer our deepest condolences to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and all those who have suffered.”

He went on to say that the United States will continue to provide assistance to those affected in crossing from the region into Armenia.

Speaker Watson also explained that we are issuing additional emergency humanitarian aid, including health care, for those affected by violence or who have lost their homes in the region, and that we are providing essential items such as hygiene products, blankets, and clothes.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said it would provide $11.5 million in humanitarian aid to the region.

The Armenian government reported on the 26th that about 28,000 of the approximately 120,000 Armenian residents of Nagorno-Karabakh had entered Armenia.

VOA News

* This article refers to Reuters.

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