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Ethnic Armenians Burn Their Homes Before Azerbaijan Handover

Ethnic Armenian villagers in Nagorno-Karabakh set their homes on fire last Nov. 14 before handing the territory over to Azerbaijan under a peace deal.

Ethnic Armenian villagers in Nagorno-Karabakh set their homes on fire last Nov. 14, a day before handing the territory over to Azerbaijan under a peace deal.

In Kalbajar District in Azerbaijan residents burned their homes and forestry areas on the eve of a deadline before Azerbaijan would take control of the area as part of a peace deal.

Video footage from Russian media and social media showed the Armenian residents burning houses and forests in the town located northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh that has been under Armenian separatists for years.

“I don’t want to leave something for terrorists who killed my brothers and sisters and who stole my home from me,” resident Vahe Mkrtchyan told Euronews.

“Children in Armenia are crying and want to return home. It is such a sorrow,” another resident told Qatari state-owned news channel Al Jazeera.

The residents reportedly took what belongings they could before burning their houses.

In and around the village of Charektar, residents burned at least 10 houses last Nov. 13. The village is located on the border with the town of Martakert which will continue to be under the control of Azerbaijani forces.

Under the peace deal, signed last week by Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia to end the six-week armed conflict over the disputed region, Armenian forces are required to leave several areas that they have occupied while Azerbaijani forces will remain their control on the areas they had taken during the conflict.

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