A stretch of road towards Nagorno-Karabakh, about 70 miles from the Lachin corridor, (Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie/Getty Images)


Red Cross sends humanitarian convoys to Karabakh in first reopening since December blockade


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday that it had sent humanitarian convoys to the breakaway Karabakh region from Armenia and Azerbaijan simultaneously, reopening the road link to Armenia blockaded since December.

“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is today bringing shipments of wheat flour and essential medical items to people in need via the Lachin Corridor and the Aghdam road,” it said in a statement referring to the roads linking Karabakh to Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but has an overwhelmingly ethnic Armenian population which won de facto independence from Baku in the early 1990s after a lengthy war.

Azerbaijan has effectively blockaded Karabakh since December 2022, causing acute hunger in the region.

Azerbaijan and the Karabakh separatist administration agreed to simultaneously reopen the two roads earlier this month, with a single Russian aid truck entering Karabakh from Azerbaijan, in the first restoration of direct transport links since 1988.

The Lachin road, which connects Armenia and Karabakh, did not immediately reopen, with Armenian and French aid convoys continuing to idle at the beginning of the corridor.