BAKU/YEREVAN: Armenia accused Turkey on Thursday of blocking the use of airspace by emergency aid-laden flights, and a new battle against the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh threatened to put the region into a humanitarian crisis.
Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of violating the armistice, which was mediated a week before, to allow both sides to exchange the bodies of inmates and deceased in the clashes that took place on September 27th.
The explosion is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but it was the most lethal since the 1990s, when 30,000 people died in the war against Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory ruled by the Armenian people.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense said the military maintains “operational superiority” along the line of contact with Nago Renault-Karabakh, but the situation in the direction of Aghdere-Aghdam and Fizuli-Hadrut-Jabrail is still tense.
Azeri prosecutors said that two civilians had been bombarded in Agdam.
Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stephanie An accused Azeri of shelling from the southeast, but said Nago Renault-Karabakh forces are taking “appropriate countermeasures against the attack.”
Reuters was not able to independently verify the report.
International organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, have warned that the conflict over the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to tens of thousands of people in need of help in the coming months.
Zareh Sinanyan, High Commissioner for Armenian Diaspora Affairs, says Turkey has delayed 100 tons of aid from the United States because Turkey has banned humanitarian aid flights to Armenia.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense was unable to seek immediate comment.
The Armenian Civil Aviation Commission said Wednesday that Qatar Airways’ flights departing from Los Angeles were canceled, but did not give reasons.
Committee chairman Tatevik Revazyan told Reuters that “there is grounds for claiming that Turkey deliberately closed air routes,” adding that Armenia is looking for alternative routes beyond Russia or Georgia.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs dealing with airspace issues could not immediately comment.
In addition to humanitarian concerns, there are concerns that Russia and Turkey could fall into conflict. Turkey’s military exports to Turkey’s Azeri alliances increased six times this year, and Armenia has entered into a defense agreement with Russia.
Vladimir Putin expressed concern over the involvement of Middle Eastern fighters in the Nago Renault-Karabakh conflict in a phone call with Turkish President Taif Erdo Overlook on Wednesday, but Turkey and Azerbaijan denied the existence of such fighters.
The battle is not far from the Azeri pipeline that carries natural gas and oil to international markets. President Ilham Aliyev Azeri accused Armenia of attempting to attack the pipeline on Wednesday. Armenia denied this.
Nagorno-Karabakh authorities say 555 defense personnel have been killed in battle since September 27th. Azerbaijan said Wednesday 43 civilians were killed, but military casualties were not disclosed.