Armenia and Azerbaijan Break Another Truce Minutes After Announced Ceasefire

A refugee family (Photo courtesy of SGA)

Another week, another failed ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Southern Caucasus. The countries are fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a long-disputed piece of land between their borders.

Russia brokered the truce once again, and the ceasefire was supposed to go into effect on the morning of October 18. However, just minutes in, both sides reported artillery and missile fire breaking the agreement.

Refugees fleeing the fighting

The war continues to devastate both sides, including civilians caught in the crossfire. Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says refugees have been pouring out of the warzone into both countries. “With most families, what has happened is the women and the children have fled as refugees. The husbands instead have gone to the front line.”

“In fact, one person writes that their uncle’s son joined the army. But he was listed on the list of names who were killed this week. And another man who used to be a restaurant manager is now on the front-line fighting, and doesn’t know if he will ever see his family again.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the fighting would stop between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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  • Pray even in the middle of this violence, many would be transformed by the Gospel.