ArmInfo.The EU is boosting its humanitarian funding with EUR 5 million in response to the increasing needs resulting from the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. The press release published on the official website of European Commission reads.
As the source notes: "The conflict escalation and subsequent ceasefire is expected to trigger a mass exodus of people from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, with approximately 13 500 refugees having crossed the border already. At the same time, there is a major food shortage and lack of access to electricity and water within the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
The EUR 5 million humanitarian funding includes EUR 500 000 of emergency support of emergency support announced last week and EUR 4.5 million new funding, which will:
1. assist people displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. This aid will be delivered by various EU humanitarian partners operating in Armenia to reach around 25 000 people. The priority is to provide cash assistance, shelter, food security and livelihoods assistance.
2. assist vulnerable people inside Nagorno-Karabakh. This aid will be channelled through the International Committee of Red Cross and aims to support around 60 000 people with food, healthcare, shelter and logistics.
The EU is also deploying a humanitarian expert to the region who will work hand in hand with humanitarian partners on the ground to ensure a rapid response to the crisis.
Including the new funding announced today, the European Commission has provided more than EUR 25.8 million in humanitarian aid since the conflict escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020. At the outbreak of the 2020 conflict in Nagorno- Karabakh, the Commission promptly responded with EUR 6.9 million in humanitarian support to address the needs of the most vulnerable among the civilians directly affected by the hostilities.
EU humanitarian funding is provided in line with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. The European Commission also plays a key role in facilitating humanitarian coordination and information sharing among various organisations, including donors, authorities and humanitarian partners." In turn, today USAID Administrator Samantha Power, who is on a visit to Armenia, said that "the United States will provide Armenia with support in the amount of $11.5 million for the humanitarian needs of people displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh."
In addition, as ArmInfo previously reported with reference to the Swedish Ambassador to Armenia, Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), allocated 15 million Swedish kronor to the International Committee of the Red Cross to meet the humanitarian needs of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh.
On September 19, Azerbaijan, under the pretext of an "anti-terrorist operation," undertook another act of aggression against Artsakh. As a result of enemy aggression, hundreds of Artsakh residents were injured, more than 200 deaths were reported, including civilians, and more than 10,000 were evacuated.
On September 20, Artsakh fell. Azerbaijan began the forcible subjugation of the NKR. On September 20, late in the evening it became known that Azerbaijan had deliberately shot at the car of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, killing 5 people, including the deputy commander of the RPC. Today, there were reports that one soldier was killed and another was wounded as a result of shooting at another RPCvehicle. On September 21, a meeting between representatives of Baku and Stepanakert was held in Yevlakh. Azerbaijan demanded the disarmament of the Artsakh Defense Army, the surrender of all military personnel and the abolition of all government bodies.
On September 22, the process of abolishing the Artsakh Defense Army began. There are reports that the enemy side exterminated the population of the villages captured on September 19-20. During search operations from September 21 to 24, the NKR Ministry of Internal Affairs discovered the bodies of 105 Artsakh residents, including brutally murdered children and elderly people.
As of the morning of September 26, more than 13 thousand forcibly displaced Artsakh residents had already arrived in Armenia. The night before it also became known that Artsakh was connected to the energy system of Azerbaijan. Protests demanding the resignation of the RA Prime Minister continue in Yerevan and regions.
We add that as a result of the explosion that took place in the fuel depot near Stepanakert yesterday, according to preliminary data, more than 290 people were injured, 20 more died, there are still missing people.