October 13, 2020 - 14:06 AMT
Azeri violence: 24,000 Karabakh children denied access to education

More than 24,000 children in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) have been denied access to education as a result of Azerbaijan's aggression against Artsakh, the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport said Tuesday, October 13.

Despite its international commitments, Azerbaijan continues shelling even educational institutions with weapons prohibited by international law, the Ministry said.

According to official information, more than 10 schools, as well as kindergartens and ancillary buildings have been damaged in Azerbaijan's fire.

The Ministry said UNESCO too has called for ensuring the right of children to education.

Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and mercenaries deployed by Ankara, launched a large-scale offensive against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27, shelling Armenian positions and civilian settlements with large caliber weapons and rocket systems. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages. Although a humanitarian ceasefire was supposed to begin on October 10, Azerbaijan has renewed hostilities along the line of contact.

Donations can be made to Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, which has launched a fundraising campaign to support Karabakh amid Azerbaijan's aggression.