First Nagorno-Karabakh War
On one of the roads leading to Armenia, the destination of those leaving, a column of hundreds of cars was formed, the BBC reports.
Azerbaijan says residents will be safe, but Armenia's prime minister claims "ethnic cleansing" has begun.
Nagorno-Karabakh, recognized as part of Azerbaijan, has been run by ethnic Armenians for three decades, according to the BBC.
The death toll in the explosion at a fuel warehouse in Nagorno-Karabakh has reached 125 people, News.am reports, citing Armenia's Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan.
According to Avanesyan, 125 bodies were transported from the enclave populated by Armenians. At the moment, another 67 people have been admitted to the national burn center.
The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh, as a result of Azerbaijan's blockade of the Lachin corridor. For over eight months, the region's 120,000 indigenous Armenians have been deprived access to food, medicine, fuel, electricity, and water.
New tensions erupted over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh on Aug. 3 as three soldiers were killed and Azerbaijan said it had taken control of several strategic heights in the disputed region.
Arch enemies Armenia and Azerbaijan fought two wars - in 2020 and in the 1990s - over the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders order their foreign ministers to begin preparation of a future peace treaty