ArmInfo. Hundreds of burn victims of an explosion at a fuel depot are in urgent need of specialized medical care. Teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are delivering medical supplies and helping to arrange medical evacuation by ambulance. This was reported by the Geneva headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
"Hospitals in the region were already over capacity even before the influx of patients from the explosion, making the situation for patients and medical staff extra-critical," the statement reads.
Ariane Bauer, the ICRC's regional director for Europe and Central Asia said: "This is an absolute tragedy for hundreds of people now suffering from horrific, painful burns, the crisis is compounded by the fact that hospitals were already running over capacity and that heavy traffic makes it difficult to move ambulances and medical supplies in and out.
"The ICRC delivered dressing kits and a specialized burn dressing kit following the incident. An ICRC medical team is on site assisting with the medical response. More medical supplies necessary for the treatment of severe burn cases are in the process of being delivered. The ICRC is working with decision makers in the region to find solutions to increase the number of medical evacuations. Finding solutions to these urgent medical needs is in line with the obligation of all parties under international humanitarian law to ensure that the wounded and sick receive, with the least possible delay, the medical care required by their condition. Even before the explosion, the ICRC had identified 60 critically wounded patients who needed to be evacuated from the central hospital. Twenty-three of those patients were evacuated on Sunday; plans to evacuate the others have been made more difficult by the critical needs from the explosion," they note.
Earlier head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, also touched upon the tragic incident. "Our thoughts are with the victims of yesterday's tragic gas explosion in Stepanakert/Khankendi and their loved ones. There is an urgent need for unimpeded international humanitarian access to Nagorno Karabakh. EU announced additional assistance and ready to do more," he wrote on his account on X (formerly Twittrer).