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World New Armenia, Azerbaijan shelling despite calls for halt

13:11  01 october  2020
13:11  01 october  2020 Source:   msn.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.

New Armenia - Azerbaijan Fighting a Long Time in the Making. Armenian military officials said Azerbaijani forces were continuing to attack rebel positions using heavy artillery, while Azerbaijan 's defense ministry accused separatist forces of shelling civilian targets in the town of Terter.

Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan fought a war at that time in which at least 200 people were killed over Armenian ethnic breakaway Nagorno Karabakh Turkey's role in new fighting is attracting scrutiny. Its foreign ministry blamed Armenia and called for it to halt military operations, however, it


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Heavy shelling between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces persisted Thursday despite fresh calls from world leaders for an end to days of fighting over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

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.

Azerbaijan announced that the Armenian Armed Forces had shelled settlements on the contact line in the area. The UN Security Council strongly condemned the loss of life and backed the statement issued earlier by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who called on both sides to halt the

New Economy Conversation Series. Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s leader, Emmanuel Macron, called for Azerbaijan and Armenia to halt fighting over land that’s been Azerbaijan ’s President Ilham Aliyev vowed to continue the military campaign until Armenian forces

a group of people sitting on a bed: Azerbaijan has not admitted to any military casualties © - Azerbaijan has not admitted to any military casualties

In the breakaway province's capital Stepanakert, two explosions were heard around midnight as sirens sounded. Residents said the city had been attacked by drones.

The rival Caucasus nations have been locked in a bitter stalemate over the Karabakh region since the collapse of the Soviet Union when the ethnic Armenian province broke away from Azerbaijan.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Armenians sign up in Yerevan to fight Azerbaijani forces in breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh as the armed conflict enters a fourth day. © Andrey BORODULIN Armenians sign up in Yerevan to fight Azerbaijani forces in breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh as the armed conflict enters a fourth day.

The fiercest clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in years over the breakaway region ignited Sunday and confirmed deaths neared 130 as fighting spilled over into a fifth day.

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Thursday its forces had carried out "crushing artillery strikes against Armenian forces' positions in the occupied territories," throughout the night.

a man driving a car: Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilisation Sunday © - Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilisation Sunday

Separatist officials in Karabakh described the overnight situation along the frontline as "tense" and said both sides exchanged artillery fire.

More troops killed as clashes rage in Nagorno-Karabakh

  More troops killed as clashes rage in Nagorno-Karabakh Fiercest fighting in more than a quarter of a century rages in Azerbaijan’s ethnic Armenian enclave, killing dozens.Al Jazeera also learned on Tuesday that the total number of civilians killed has risen to 11 – nine in Azerbaijan and two in Armenia, bringing the total death toll to 95.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused one another of firing directly into each other’s territory and rejected pressure to hold peace talks as their conflict over the The incidents signalled a further escalation of the conflict despite urgent appeals from Russia, the United States and others to halt the fighting.

Azerbaijan ’s President Ilham Aliyev vowed to continue a military campaign until Armenian forces Turkey backs Azerbaijan in fight, Russia calls to renew truce. A vehicle destroyed by shelling in Armenia has complained that foreign mercenaries are fighting alongside Azerbaijani troops, while

"The enemy attempted to regroup its troops, but Armenian forces suppressed all such attempts."

The two sides claim to have inflicted heavy losses on opposing forces and ignored repeated calls from international leaders to halt fighting that carries the threat of drawing in regional powers Turkey and Russia.

Yerevan is in a military alliance of ex-Soviet countries led by Moscow and has accused Turkey of dispatching mercenaries from northern Syria to bolster Azerbaijan's forces in the Karabakh conflict.

diagram, map: Graphic comparing military forces present in the region of Nagorny Karabakh and map of the conflict zone. © Patricio ARANA Graphic comparing military forces present in the region of Nagorny Karabakh and map of the conflict zone.

It also claimed earlier this week that a Turkish F-16 flying in support of Baku's forces had downed an Armenian SU-25 warplane, but Ankara and Baku denied the claim.

a person standing next to a pile of hay: Civilians areas have been hit by shelling during fighting © - Civilians areas have been hit by shelling during fighting

- Calls for ceasefire -

Moscow has repeatedly called for an end to the fighting and on Wednesday offered to host negotiations.

It also said it was concerned that members of illegal fighting groups, including from Syria and Libya, were being deployed to the fight.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have spent years fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. What's behind the latest fatal clash?

  Armenia and Azerbaijan have spent years fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. What's behind the latest fatal clash? Armenia and Azerbaijani forces square off in their latest round of clashes in a historically disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but why are they fighting and how many people have been killed? Since fighting began on the weekend, the two sides have pounded each other with rockets and artillery in the fiercest round of conflict in more than a quarter of a century.Azerbaijani military officials said more than 550 Armenian troops have been "destroyed [including those wounded]", but that claim has been denied by Armenia.Azerbaijani authorities said nine civilians were killed and 32 wounded on their side.

Hostilities between Azerbaijan and the Armenia -backed Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted after Azeri forces launched an offensive on Sunday morning. Earlier on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to all military action in Nagorno-Karabakh, after a phone call with Armenian

Troops from Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces engaged in a fourth day of intense fighting around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh on The European Court of Human Rights called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid any military action that could endanger civilians and warned military

Confirmed deaths have risen to 127 including civilians, with both sides claiming to have inflicted heavy losses on the other.

Armenia has recorded the deaths of 104 soldiers and 23 civilians.

Azerbaijan has not admitted to any military casualties, but an AFP journalist in the southern Beylagan region witnessed the funeral of one soldier killed in the clashes.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev have both rejected the idea of holding talks even as calls for a halt in the fighting mount.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, in a telephone conversation late Wednesday, issued the most recent call for a complete halt to fighting in Karabakh and said they were ready to intensify diplomatic efforts to help resolve the conflict.

Karabakh's declaration of independence from Azerbaijan sparked a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives, but it is still not recognised as independent by any country, including Armenia.

Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilisation Sunday, while Azerbaijan imposed military rule and a curfew in large cities.

Talks to resolve the conflict have largely stalled since a 1994 ceasefire agreement.

France, Russia and the United States have mediated peace efforts as the "Minsk Group", but the last big push for a peace deal collapsed in 2010.

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Iran’s delicate balancing act in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict .
Iran shares borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is home to communities with origins in both countries.Iran’s official stance, after having tried to resolve the long-running conflict in previous decades through diplomatic means, remains one of mediation, calling for an immediate ceasefire and dialogue.

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