Martuni, a six kilometers from the war front, it is an abandoned town. Where two weeks ago – before the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan began – they lived near 5,000 people, now they remain 500, but they seem much less. But they are there, although hidden in their basements.
They have more than reason enough: Martuni has been one of the towns in the area most punished by the Azerbaijani artillery. You just need to visit its streets: near a quarter of the homes in the area he can barely stand. The others do not have windows or doors.
The town was bombed daily these previous weeks, before the signing of a humanitarian truce this Saturday, between the two opposing countries. But the document, a little over 24 hours after being agreed, seems wet paper.
Sunday, at 12 at night, Stepanakert, Shusha, Martakert y Martuni, the main towns of the Upper Karabakh they woke up to the sound of bombs. They were a constant trickle, every few minutes: now one, now another, one more later, and they ended, in the end, at four in the morning with a final save.
“He was at home & mldr; He did not want to come to the shelter. He said it was not necessary. All the rest of us were here. Everything shook. It was horrible & mldr; “he says Venus, resident of Martuni, from the shelter where she has been locked up for the last two weeks. Who was home was his father in law. He died during the bombings last morning.
“We were all night in the shelter, not knowing what had happened. We thought the bombs had fallen on us. But this morning we went out and we saw it. We have gone home. They have worn a excavator to remove debris and have found his corpse. They have taken him to the Stepanakert morgue, “Venera continues, with tears in her eyes and stopping every bit to breathe.
Attacks on both sides
And, in addition, it affects both parties facing each other. A few hours after the Azerbaijani bombardments on the Karabakh, the Armenians have responded: they have launched several projectiles against the Azerbaijani city of Ganja, To over 60 kilometers from the front. A building has been completely destroyed and nine people, civilians who slept in their houses Have they died.
Almost about seventy civilians have died already, between both sides. All by bombings. “I’ve never seen anything like this, not even in the movies,” Venera says from her refuge. [Este domingo por la noche] we were bombed twice: at 12:30 and 3:30 in the morning. The first time was when it fell to our house. When my father-in-law died. Why are they attacking us? We don’t understand why they bombard us. They do it on purpose. There are no military targets here. “
But this conflict is like this: as with the massacres and deaths of the previous war, which lasted from 1988 to 1994 and left close to 30,000 dead, Azerbaijanis and Armenians accuse each other of genocidal, terrorists, war criminals and of being the only ones, in this conflict, who purposely shoot at the civilian population. But they both have. Although there is a certainty: during these weeks, Azerbaijan, because it is on the offensive, has done it with a little more intensity.
“We are allies of peace, but we cannot be silent when the country that is fighting against us wants to destroy our history, our land and our people. This is one patriotic war, and we ask all Armenians in the world to support us morally, economically and that, if they can, come fight with his brothers. Let them know: if Azerbaijan wants war, it will have it “, said this Sunday at a press conference in Stepanakert the president of Upper Karabakh. Arayik Harutyunyan.
Calling this conflict “patriotic war” is done with the greatest of intentions: this is how it was called in the Soviet Union the Second World War.