Azerbaijanis near border region take refuge in schools

Azerbaijanis living in villages close to conflict zones and are exposed to attacks from the Armenian military are taking shelter in schools and other public buildings.

Azerbaijan's villages of Ahmedaghali, Sarijali, Chemenli, Zengishali, Karadaghli, Efetli and Shahseven in the Aghjabadi and Aghdam provinces, located east of the Upper Karabakh region, have been the target of continuous artillery fire since Sept. 27.

During the 10 days of the conflict, villagers have been moving away from their homes, leaving behind their livestock -- the source of subsistence for many.

Local authorities in Azerbaijan are relocating displaced villagers in schools in Aghjabadi, where education has been halted due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The villagers, who are temporarily living in classrooms, hope for a quick Azerbaijani victory so they can return home as soon as possible.