"We are already seeing the terrible impact this escalation is having on civilians. The ICRC is ready to assist where needed, when conditions allow it, including supporting the Azerbaijan Red Crescent society local branches as they work in the community," said Gerardo Moloeznik, head of Sub-delegation, Barda.
The ICRC has received reports of people trying to move themselves and their families to safety. Many other families, including babies and young children, are spending days and nights sheltering in the unheated basements of their buildings, trying to escape the violence.
There are also reports of hundreds of homes and civilian infrastructure such as schools and hospitals destroyed by heavy artillery and where buildings have been damaged, people are exposed to the dangers of unexploded ordnances
What’s more, this escalation will take a toll on the mental health of the population, who have already lived with the impact of this conflict for almost 30 years, and are now additionally anxious about their health and future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”