World Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes: Live news

15:10  27 september  2020
15:10  27 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.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.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have put themselves on a war footing after heavy clashes erupted over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Amid the rising tensions, the international community has reacted to Sunday’s fighting between the two arch-enemies.

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: The escalation is the heaviest between the two arch-foes in recent years [Armenian Defense Ministry via AP] © The escalation is the heaviest between the two arch-foes in recent years [Armenian Defense Ministry ... The escalation is the heaviest between the two arch-foes in recent years [Armenian Defense Ministry via AP]
  • Heavy fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces broke out in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region on Sunday.
  • Armenia and Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh declared martial law, while Azerbaijan ordered its military to mobilise.
  • Both sides blamed each other for the worst escalation since 2016, amid reports of casualties.

Here are the latest updates:

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.

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Sunday the country has declared martial law and total military mobilization following clashes with Azerbaijan over the breakaway region. The two sides have claimed civilian casualties in heavy fighting along the frontline. Armenia 's defense ministry said

10:11 GMT –  EU calls for ‘immediate return to negotiations’

European Council president Charles Michel has called for a halt to fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces and an “immediate return to negotiations, without preconditions”.

“Military action must stop, as a matter of urgency, to prevent a further escalation,” Michel tweeted.

09:55 GMT – Azerbaijan restricts internet traffic

Azerbaijan’s transport ministry says it has “put restrictions on internet traffic” amid the ongoing military escalation with Armenian forces.

The ministry said the measure was taken in order to prevent “Armenian provocations” following the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.

09:28 GMT – Turkey condemns Armenian attacks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara “strongly condemns the attack by Armenia against Azerbaijan”.

Armenian separatists battle Azerbaijan offensive in Karabakh

  Armenian separatists battle Azerbaijan offensive in Karabakh Armenian separatists in the Nagorny Karabakh region are resisting an Azerbaijani offensive, officials in Yerevan said, as heavy fighting entered a third day Tuesday ahead of UN Security Council talks on the crisis. Yerevan and Baku have been locked in a territorial dispute over the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorny Karabakh for decades, with deadly fighting flaring up last July and in 2016. The region declared independence from Azerbaijan after a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives.It is not recognised by any country -- including Armenia -- and is still considered part of Azerbaijan by the international community.

Clashes have broken out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan said Armenia had started a massive shelling campaign along the whole line of the front. The long-running conflict has flared up again in recent months.

Armenia has declared martial law and total military mobilisation following clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armernian separatist Earlier, Azerbaijan 's President Ilham Aliyev vowed to secure “victory” over Armenian forces. Tensions rose between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday morning

“Armenia violated the ceasefire by attacking civilian locations,” he posted on Twitter. “Turkey stands in full solidarity with Azerbaijan and unreservedly supports its right to self-defense.”

09:06 GMT – Harutyunyan: ‘Turkey has mercenaries in Azerbaijan’

Nagorno-Karabakh’s leader Araik Harutyunyan accused the Turkish government of sending mercenaries to Azerbaijan.

“We have information that mercenaries from Turkey and other countries were airlifted to Azerbaijan,” he said.

“The Turkish army is already in Azerbaijan, under the guise of military drills,” he claimed.

08:55 GMT – Aliyev: ‘Our cause is just, we will win’

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has vowed victory over Armenian forces in a televised address to the nation.

Aliyev says “there are losses among the Azerbaijani forces and the civilian population as a result of the Armenian bombardment”.

“Our cause is just and we will win,” Aliyev said, repeating a famous quote from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s address at the outbreak of World War II in Russia. “[The] Azerbaijani army is fighting on its territory,” he added.

08:39 GMT – Pashinyan: ‘Get ready to defend our sacred homeland’

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on his people to defend their “homeland”.

“Get ready to defend our sacred homeland,” he wrote on Facebook, adding “the government has decided to declare martial law and a total mobilisation”.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s coverage of the military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. I’m Umut Uras in Doha.

Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death .
"We've been here our whole life, and we are staying here to do what we can. It would be wrong not to worry, but it would be wrong to panic and leave your post," Artsakh representative to the U.S. told Newsweek.For this tiny republic, defeat could mean the end of his internationally unrecognized government, and perhaps worse for its constituents.

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