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World Azerbaijan and Armenia clash over disputed region

10:02  27 september  2020
10:02  27 september  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Dozens killed as Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting enters second day

  Dozens killed as Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting enters second day Azerbaijani and Armenian forces battled for a second day on Monday after dozens were killed in an outbreak of heavy fighting that has raised fears of an all-out war between the longtime enemies. Defence officials in both countries confirmed that intense clashes had continued overnight after erupting on Sunday along the frontlines of Nagorny Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian region that has broken away from Azerbaijan. The separatists said on Monday that 15 more of their fighters had been killed, bringing the total reported death toll from both sides to 39.

Clashes have broken out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region . Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991. For four decades they have been stuck in an unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union before its collapse in the 1990s. Since then they have been stuck in an unresolved conflict over a piece of disputed territory called Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians .

a truck driving down a dirt road: The dispute has been going on for four decades © Getty Images The dispute has been going on for four decades

Clashes have broken out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan said Azerbaijan had launched an air and artillery attack, but Armenian forces repelled it shooting down two helicopters and three drones.

Azerbaijan said Armenia had started a massive shelling campaign along the whole line of the front.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Historical grievances with dangerous potential

  Nagorno-Karabakh: Historical grievances with dangerous potential Much will depend on how Russia and Turkey act as Armenia and Azerbaijan renew conflict, say analysts.But for three decades and against all odds, cash-strapped Armenia defended its unrecognised satellite, Nagorno-Karabakh, a South Caucasus territory north of Turkey and Iran. Dominated by ethnic Armenians, it violently broke away from Azerbaijan after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Tension has erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region , a disputed region technically in Azerbaijan but controlled by Before this clash , the U.S. and Azerbaijan met over counterterrorism efforts but also addressed the tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan .

2018 Armenian – Azerbaijani clashes . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Armenia 's Foreign Ministry confirmed and condemned Azerbaijan 's actions at the border as "unacceptable and irresponsible steps aimed at escalating the situation".

The long-running conflict has flared up again in recent months.

Border fighting in July killed at least 16 people.

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Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991.

For four decades they have been stuck in an unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.

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Tensions last flared into conflict in 2016, with the countries clashing over the disputed territory for four days.

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The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has long been trying to mediate a settlement of the conflict, with diplomats from France, Russia and the US - making up the OSCE Minsk Group - trying to build on a ceasefire.

Israel under diplomatic fire over arms to Azerbaijan .
A major supplier of arms to Azerbaijan, Israel has come under diplomatic fire from Armenia over the struggle between the Caucasus neighbours in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. According to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), over the past five years, Israel has been the top supplier of arms to Azerbaijan, with sales of more than $740 million, putting it ahead of Russia. "Azerbaijan is an important country for us," Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, told AFP."We always try to be a good supplier even during times of tension...

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