Armenians set homes on fire before Azeri handover

Still wearing the camouflage a week after fighting with Azeri forces, Arsen, an ethnic Armenian, lit a fire under his sister's dining room table on Saturday (November 14).

He said ‘The Azeris will be here tomorrow - let them live here - if they can.”

Reuters reporters saw six houses on fire in this small village bordering Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenians are resorting to burning their own homes ahead of a handover of the territory to Azerbaijan under a peace deal brokered by Russia.

It follows six weeks of fighting between ethnic Armenian forces and Azeri troops over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding areas.

It is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but has been controlled by ethnic Armenians since a war in the 1990s.

On Sunday, the Azeris will return and take back control of the area -- and what’s left of the homes.

Video Transcript

- Still wearing the camouflage a week after fighting with Azeri forces, Arsen, an ethnic Armenian, lit a fire under his sister's dining room table on Saturday.

- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

- He said, "The Azeris will be here tomorrow. Let them live here, if they can."

Reuters reporters saw six houses on fire in this small village bordering Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenians are resorting to burning their own homes ahead of the handover of the territory to Azerbaijan under a peace deal brokered by Russia. It follows six weeks of fighting between ethnic Armenian forces and Azeri troops over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding areas. It is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but has been controlled by ethnic Armenians since a war in the 1990s.

On Sunday, the Azeris will return and take back control of the area and what's left of the homes.