An explosion in Yerevan, Armenia, injures 2
An explosion in Yerevan targets a hostel, causing casualties.
An explosion rocks a hostel in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, injuring at least two people who were then taken to a burn care clinic, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
"On October 9, at 9:15 a.m. local time [05:15 GMT], the national crisis management center was informed that an explosion occurred at the Bagratunyats avenue, causing fire and injuring several people," the ministry said in a statement.
Two fire-fighting teams were sent to the site, according to the statement.
In August, an explosion hit the Surmalu wholesale market in Yerevan, sparking a large fire, according to the country's emergency ministry.
Armenian rescue workers looked through deformed metal and rubble searching for survivors, while bystanders helped victims move to safety.
“Fireworks, fireworks — everything shattered in one minute,” said one witness. “People could not get out of the stores.”
Last week, the Armenian Defense Ministry accused the Azerbaijani armed forces of shelling Armenian positions on the border.
Firing from the Azerbaijani side has stopped for the time being, according to the ministry. Baku's defense ministry has accused Yerevan of violating a ceasefire, shelling Armenia's positions on the border.
A Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) mission landed on September 15 at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border to monitor both sides.
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