Yesterday’s explosion at a fuel depot in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), has now left at least 20 people dead. Approximately 290 people are injured, the majority of which have been described as “severe”.
The injured have been brought to Artsakh’s hospitals, however the hospitals are severely under equipped to treat many of the injuries, largely due to their lack of medical supplies arising from the Azeri blockade of Artsakh.
Upon the request of the Artsakh government, Armenia has sent an emergency helicopter that is equipped with medical supplies in order to evacuate those most seriously injured to Armenia, where they can receive better treatment.
7 of those killed died within hospitals, a number which may potentially rise. The remaining 13 died near the explosion site.
The number of killed and injured is particularly high due to the large amount of people that were at the fuel depot, attempting to get fuel so they can leave Artsakh for Armenia.
It is still unclear what caused the explosion at this time.