The villages of Nor Maragha, Nor Aygestan, Nor Seysulan, Nor Karmiravan, Nor Haykajur, Hovtashen, and Nor Jraberd in Martakert Region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) have now passed under the control of Azerbaijan.
The local residents were told on Tuesday that they had two days to evacuate.
"Since this area was located in Aghdam Region during the Soviet years, it seems that this is why these villages should be emptied," said Artak Beglaryan, the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Artsakh.
But before leaving, some villagers have burned down their houses. "Well, you can understand the people. If they left their houses in the 90s, why should they leave them for the second time? I don't know if it is right or wrong, but that’s what they are doing," said a resident of Nor Maragha.
However, not everyone is in favor of burning down their houses. "We hope that there may be some changes, we will return, repair the roof of our house again, live in our house," adds one of the residents.
According to the ombudsman, the Artsakh government will do everything to initially provide temporary shelters to the displaced, after which they will try to resolve the issue of everyone's shelters.
Video by Artsakh Public Television