Armenian villagers torch their homes as Azeris move into Nagorno-Karabakh
Armenians burned down their homes before the arrival of Muslim soldiers. On Sunday, Azerbaijan reclaimed large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh that had been under Armenian control since the early 1990s.
Published: November 15, 2020, 12:34 pm
Houses in villages in Nagorno-Karabakh over which Azerbaijan is due to regain control on Sunday, November 15, were set on fire on Saturday by their inhabitants before their flight to Armenia, an AFP journalist noted.
“This is my house, I cannot leave it to the Turks,” one explained. The Azerbaijanis are often called “Turks” by the Armenians.
The owner of one of these houses, threw flaming wooden planks and embers soaked in gasoline into a completely emptied house in an attempt to set fire to the floor of his former living room. His face was stern. “We were waiting to have everything [water, electricity] fixed. But when they started to dismantle the hydroelectric station, we understood,” he said. “Everyone is going to burn their house down today […] We have been given until midnight to leave.”
Not only were they setting fire to their homes, but tombstones in their cemeteries were also taken away. “We also moved our parents’ graves, because the Azerbaijanis are going to take pleasure in desecrating our graves, it’s unbearable,” he added. The day before, at least a dozen homes were set on fire in the same village and its surroundings.
Pensées et prières ce soir pour le père-abbé Hovhannès qui a annoncé vouloir rester à #Davidank avec quelques volontaires #arméniens pour protéger son monastère, vieux de 10 siècles, qui passe cette nuit sous contrôle azeri direct. Il craint qu'il ne soit abîmé ou détruit. pic.twitter.com/mUrYO6Qd8R
— J-Christophe Buisson (@jchribuisson) November 14, 2020
Father Hovhannes has however announced that he wanted to stay in Davidank with some Armenian volunteers to protect his 10-century-old monastery. He will be spending his first night under direct Azeri control. He fears that the Christian monastery will be damaged or destroyed.
In Artsakh, the Azeris who entered the city of Shushi in Artsakh, desecrated the Ghazanchetsots Church leaving marks on the exterior and interior walls of the church.
— Damien Rieu (@DamienRieu) November 14, 2020
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