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Conflict displaces half of Karabakh's population: Official

AFP , Wednesday 7 Oct 2020
In city of Stepanakert
A woman shelters in a basement in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert on October 6, 2020, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region. (AFP)
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Half of the population of the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh have been displaced since fierce fighting erupted more than a week ago between Armenian separatists and Azerbaijan, separatist officials said Wednesday.

"According to our preliminary estimates, some 50 percent of Karabakh's population and 90 percent of women and children -- or some 70,000-75,000 people -- have been displaced," Karabakh's rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan told AFP.

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