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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

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    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.

    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.

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    • Stev60

      Turks have been killing, raping, and robbing Armenians and other Christians (including Russians) for a thousand years (see below for links to just the last century or so).

      By rights, ALL of Artsakh, plus Nakhitchevan and Ararat AT LEAST should go to Armenia as even MINIMAL compensation. They were all Armenian land (whether fully independent or under Perso-Roman suzerainty) for over a thousand years before the Turks turned up, copiously established and documented in history and scholarship. The Turko-Azeri claim, based on previous dispossession by force and massacre of the Armenians, is not only countered by that key fact, but by the rights of the Armenians of Artsakh to self-determination also under international and humanitarian law, by the right of Artsakh and Armenia to a viable and secure territory, especially in face of ongoing Turkic-Islamist threats and genocide-denial, and by the fact that Azerbaijan as a nation never held lasting sovereignty over them EXCEPT as part of other empires, most recently the Russian and Soviet ones for most of the last two centuries. Therefore, if the Azeri claim is ‘valid’, then so is the prior longstanding claim of the Russians to rule Azerbaijan itself, along with eg Kars and Sarikamis in Turkey, and Ukraine, and conversely, if the Armenian ‘separatist’ claim to Artsakh is invalid, then so are the separatist claims of Russian and Turkish ‘annexations’ like South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Crimea, Transnistria, and northern Cyprus. The fact is that this attack on Artsakh is a dirty piece of Satanic skulduggery and ‘might is right’ thuggery cooked up by crooks and thieves, and a continuation of the thousand-year long Turkic aggression against and dispossession of the Armenians and other Christians, disgracefully aided and abetted by outside ‘Judeo-Christian’ powers who never seem to learn their lesson: that whilst such evil may “succeed” and “profit” in the short term, it plants the Devil-seed and sows the Divine Destinic wind for even greater Retributive evils down the track, which history provides myriad examples of, and which they most assuredly will draw upon themselves as a result of this evil upon evils.

      This district of Kalbajar, and the one immediately to the south of it, Lachin, should at the very least have gone to Artsakh/Armenia, along with core NK (including Shushi), because they are vital to the security and viability of both the latter and Armenia (with respect to the NK at least), comprising the connecting mountain-chain (with key access roads) between them, and also being less important to Azerbaijan except to threaten/strangle NK and Armenia, also in terms of previously displaced population. Russia and others ‘Judeo-Christian’ who have in any way collaborated with/permitted this Islamic conquest of ancient Christian land (over 2000 years old) are accursed scum, who have truly passed into the Shadow, and will pay on account of it even in this world let alone the next.

      ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamidian_massacres

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adana_massacre

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaibalikend_massacre

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shusha_massacre

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_genocide

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumgait_pogrom

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baku_pogrom

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maraga_massacre

    • Stev60

      Ataturk-Hitler-Stalin – Who remembers the Armenians?

      Erdogan-NAZIO-RuSSia – Who remembers Artsakh?

      God-Justice-Truth – We do, and we won’t forget those who betrayed, crucified, and genocided
      the Armenians, ever, the First Christian Nation.

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