UN refugee agency readying for up to 120,000 refugees in Armenia
Over 88,000 people have crossed into Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh and the total number of arrivals could rise to 120,000, said a U.N. refugee agency official on Friday, appealing for support as authorities struggle to cope with the influx.
More than half the population of the breakaway statelet has fled since Azerbaijan launched an offensive last week.
Kavita Belani, UNHCR representative in Armenia, told a U.N. press briefing by video link that huge crowds of tired and frightened people were gathering at registration centres.
Nearly a third of the refugees are children, another UNHCR official told the briefing. "The major concern for us is that many of them have been separated from their family," said Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF regional director.