The Norwegian government is allocating NOK 17 million to the civilian population in the conflict-ridden Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The money will protect and assist those hardest hit by the recent fighting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release.
“We are very concerned about reports of hostilities and attacks in densely populated areas that affect civilians and endanger humanitarian aid workers,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) said.
The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has claimed many lives, driven many to flee, and caused great suffering to the civilian population.
The money the government has set aside will, among other things, ensure that vulnerable children have access to emergency items such as warm clothes and psychosocial support in Goris in Armenia through a collaboration with Save the Children, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added.
Norway is also in dialogue with the Norwegian Red Cross about possible support for the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s humanitarian work in affected areas.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region broke out in hostilities on September 27.
A total of 1,200 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the clashes since September.
The actual number of deaths is estimated to be much higher.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today