Petrol warehouse explodes in Karabah, Azerbaijan: at least 68 dead and 105 missing


By John

At least 68 people were killed and 105 are still missing in the explosion of a fuel depot in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian-populated but Azerbaijani enclave in the Caucasus. This was announced by the regional government.

The explosion occurred as thousands of Armenians trying to leave the region were queuing to refuel their cars. The death toll was revised after the Armenian health minister, Anahit Avanesyan, said at a press conference in Yerevan that the bodies of 125 people had been transferred from Nagorno-Karabakh to morgues in Armenia; and that 67 people had been transferred to burn centers. Nagorno-Karabakh’s human rights ombudsman, Gegham Stepanyan, later added in the government’s official channel on the Telegram messaging app that the 125 were war-related deaths.