Death toll in explosion at fuel depot in Nagorno-Karabakh rises to twenty
The Ministry of Health of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic confirmed the death of 20 people as a result of a strong explosion at a fuel warehouse near the Stepanakert-Askeran highway. A large number of victims with burns of varying severity are reported.
A powerful explosion at a fuel warehouse located near the Stepanakert-Askeran highway occurred the night before while a large number of civilians from Nagorno-Karabakh were there, wanting to leave for Armenia. As the NKR authorities still say, gasoline was distributed from the warehouse to refugees. The cause of the explosion has not been established, and no official statements have been made yet.
At the moment, 20 people are known to have died, 7 of whom died in hospital, the bodies of 13 people have not been identified, they were sent to the medical examiner's office. There are a very large number of victims with various burns, most of them in serious condition. Local medical institutions cannot cope, and they do not have specialized equipment for this, so urgent evacuation of especially severe patients is required.
290 victims with burns of varying severity were hospitalized in medical centers. Seven people died in hospital. The bodies of 13 have not been identified. Dozens of people are in critical condition
- said in a statement.
The doctors of the Russian peacekeeping contingent provide great assistance to the victims; the most seriously wounded are transferred to a special-purpose medical detachment.
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