Armenia: Cathedral damaged in conflict with Azerbaijan
The Armenian Church has blamed the Azerbaijani military for shelling a historic cathedral in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Holy Saviour Cathedral in the city of Shushi, Armenia, was heavily damaged in the conflict with Azerbaijan. On its Facebook site, the Church, based in Etchmiadzin posted:
“The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, condemning what happened and considering it as extremely religious intolerance, calls on the pastors of Churches, the international community and organisations, inter-church and intercultural institutions to raise a decisive voice for the sake of the suspension of bloodshed, [restoring] the free and independent life of the Artsakh people,” the Church said in Armenian, with automated translation provided by Facebook. “Such disrespect of religious sacred feelings of faithful people and the purposeful target of prayers are directly contradicting all religious messages.”
French news agency AFP tweeted on Thursday that Azerbaijan denied shelling the cathedral.
According to a news outlet from India, the Deccan Herald, Armenia said on Thursday that Azerbaijani forces had shelled the cathedral and that AFP journalists witnessed that the church had suffered serious damage.
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