Gunmen take medical staff hostage in Armenia standoff

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Supporters of imprisoned opposition leader Zhirair Sefilyan are holed up after storming cops structure in capital Yerevan

Pro-opposition shooters secured a lengthy standoff with authorities in the Armenian capital Yerevan have actually taken 4 medical personnel captive, authorities stated, after a shootout left 5 individuals injured.

Two physicians and 2 nurses were held after going into a cops substance taken by the attackers 10 days ago to deal with 2 shooters hurt in clashes.

The medical professionals who entered into the caught area to help 2 members of the armed group who chose not to go to health center have actually been hijacked, cops representative Ashot Aharonyan stated. The cops are taking actions to release the physicians through settlements.

Supporters
opposition need the resignation of armenias president, serzh sarkisian.”src=”https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/305b24bd41d4a3726109b75c88d86584909a97c5/0_43_4096_2457/master/4096.jpg?w=300&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=717220a0bf568345ad9d57e1a7bf5328″/> stormed a cops structure in Yerevan on 17 July , eliminating one officer, taking numerous more captive and taking a shop of weapons.

Over the weekend they launched the last 4 law enforcement officer being cooped however stayed holed up inside the cops structure surrounded by police officers.

The group has actually required the resignation of the ex-Soviet countries President Serzh Sarkisian and the release of Sefilyan.

The prolonged standoff has actually shaken the small Caucasus republic and stimulated clashes in between authorities and protesters furious over the handling of the occurrence.

Sefilyan the leader of a little opposition group called the New Armenia Public Salvation Front and 6 of his fans were detained in June implicated of preparing to take federal government structures and telecoms centers in Yerevan.

A strong critic of the federal government, he was formerly apprehended in 2006 over require a violent topple of the federal government and imprisoned for 18 months. He was launched in 2008.

Sarkisian, a pro-Russian previous military officer, has actually been president of the nation of 2.9 million individuals considering that winning a vote in 2008 that saw clashes in between authorities and advocates of the beat opposition prospect where 10 individuals passed away.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/gunmen-take-medical-staff-hostage-in-armenia-standoff