UN spokesman calls attention to humanitarian impact of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Almaty. October 29. KazTAG - A United Nations spokesman on Wednesday called attention to the humanitarian impact of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as a new round of the conflict erupted one month ago, reports Xinhua.
Talking about the humanitarian impact of the ongoing conflict, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the noon briefing that "the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said that in one month of fighting, more than 130,000 people have been displaced, 76 schools and kindergartens damaged, and one maternity hospital shelled."
"Countless children are being scarred by the psychological impact of daily exposure to rocket and missile attacks in civilian areas," said Dujarric, citing the UNICEF.
"We again reiterate the secretary-general's call on the parties to immediately implement the humanitarian ceasefire that the parties have committed to and fully abide by their obligations to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. The ongoing hostilities are unacceptable and must stop immediately," said the spokesman.
"As the secretary-general has stated unequivocally, we strongly condemn all attacks on populated areas impacted by the conflict, including the strikes on the city of Barda, which reportedly killed and wounded many, as well as the ongoing reported shelling of Stepanakert/Khankendi and other localities in the Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict. There can be no justification for such attacks," the spokesman noted.
A new round of armed conflict broke out on Sept. 27 along the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, although there have been minor sporadic clashes.
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