Following today’s escalation of hostilities in Artsakh, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about the humanitarian impact on civilians in the coming hours and days.
Communities have endured the devastating effects of the armed conflict over many years. In the last few months in particular, basic commodities have been hard to find and access to health care extremely limited. These events are likely to deepen their suffering.
The ICRC calls on all military authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure civilian life and civilian infrastructure is respected and protected at all times, in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law.
"We are ready to respond to any increased humanitarian needs of the population and to continue our ongoing work across the region," said the ICRC's regional director for Europe and Central Asia, Ariane Bauer.
"We call on all military authorities to do their utmost to protect civilian life and to respect the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution."
ICRC teams have today distributed medical supplies to two hospitals, with more deliveries planned. On 18 September, the ICRC delivered much-needed shipments of wheat flour and essential medical items to people in need via the Lachin corridor and the Aghdam road. We once again call for regular and unimpeded access to continue to reach those most in need.