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Resentful Armenian Families Are Burning Down Their Own Homes

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Resentful ethnic Armenians are burning down their own homes around the Nagorno-Karabakh which are to be handed over to Azerbaijan after a recent peace deal that the Eurasian nation has closed with Armenia. Over the past six weeks, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locking horns over the control of Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave that has been run by ethnic Armenians since 1994. On November 9, however, under the brokerage of Russia and Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan chalked out a peace deal, according to which, the former must cede control of several districts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to the latter. While the peace deal is being celebrated in Azerbaijan, it has evoked protests in Armenia, with citizens calling for the impeachment of the current Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan.



Several Armenians are also burning down their own houses in Kalbajar, located northwest of Nagorno Karabakh to ensure that no Azerbaijanis can move into them. People are also carrying along with them doors and windows from their homes as to render the illegally occupied settlements inhabitable. They are also burning down forests and harming the environment in their attempts to drive off Azerbaijanis aiming to return to the region.



According to an ethnic Armenian living in Kalbajar he burnt his home because he did couldn’t allow anyone to live in a house where his children were meant to grow up. Another resident said that he built his house from scratch, so he would not allow any Azerbaijani to move into it.


Source: Al Jazeera & BBC World


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