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Hundreds of ethnic Armenians flee Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia amid border crisis

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Hundreds of ethnic Armenians have fled their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed region that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is mostly inhabited by Armenians, to seek refuge in neighboring Armenia amid a border crisis that has escalated since December 2022.

The border crisis began when Azerbaijan-backed activists blockaded the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, demanding the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers and the recognition of Azerbaijani sovereignty over the region.

The fighting has forced hundreds of ethnic Armenians to flee their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh and seek shelter in Armenia, where they have been welcomed by local authorities and humanitarian organizations. Many of them have lost their relatives, friends and belongings in the war, and fear for their future in their ancestral homeland.

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