Red Cross facilitates medical evacuations from blockaded Nagorno Karabakh
YEREVAN, JULY 24, ARMENPRESS. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated the transfer of 11 patients, together with attendants, from blockaded Nagorno Karabakh to Armenia for treatment, the Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) Ministry of Healthcare announced on Monday.
Another 13 patients, accompanied by attendants, who’ve completed treatment in Armenia will be taken back to Artsakh later in the day.
The Nagorno Karabakh healthcare authorities said that 20 children remain hospitalized in the Arevik clinic. 7 of them are in neonatal and intensive care.
Meanwhile, 76 patients are hospitalized in the Republican Medical Center in Stepanakert. 12 of them are in intensive care (2 are in critical condition).
Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno Karabakh with Armenia and the rest of the world, has been blocked by Azerbaijan since late 2022. The Azerbaijani blockade constitutes a gross violation of the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh ceasefire agreement, which established that the 5km-wide Lachin Corridor shall be under the control of Russian peacekeepers. Furthermore, on February 22, 2023 the United Nations’ highest court – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - ordered Azerbaijan to “take all steps at its disposal” to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions. Azerbaijan has been ignoring the order ever since. Moreover, Azerbaijan then illegally installed a checkpoint on Lachin Corridor. The blockade has led to shortages of essential products such as food and medication. Azerbaijan has also cut off gas and power supply into Nagorno Karabakh, with officials warning that Baku seeks to commit ethnic cleansing against Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh. Hospitals have suspended normal operations and the Red Cross has been facilitating the medical evacuations of patients.