Despite the outside world’s call for a ceasefire, fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues over the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Nearly 200 people have been killed so far and the injured also include journalists, who travel there to report.
Pictures published by the news agency Reuters show how a helicopter takes off with an injured French journalist on board – on its way to a hospital in Armenia’s capital Yerevan.
Previously have the newspaper Le Monde confirmed that a reporter and a photographer were injured during a bomb attack in the city of Martuni, in Armenia.
This afternoon, further information came from Reuters, which referred to the Russian news agency Ria novosti that a minibus where Russian and Armenian journalists were traveling must have come under fire.
Then the fighting broke out out On Sunday, according to the news agency AFP, close to 200 people were killed and many more were injured in the fighting, also among the civilian population.
Yesterday, the presidents of Russia, the United States and France in a joint statement called on the parties to lay down their arms and return to the negotiating table.
Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier today that it was open to mediation, but a spokesman for Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev replied that Armenia must first withdraw militarily from the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The area formally belongs to Azerbaijan but is largely populated by Armenians and in connection with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a war of several years erupted over the region. From time to time, fighting has flared up again, most recently in 2016 and the situation is now described as the most serious in many years.
Source: ICELAND NEWS