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World Nagorno-Karabkah: the capital Stepanakert bombarded despite the ceasefire

09:40  11 october  2020
09:40  11 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Nagorno - Karabakh 's main town, Stepanakert , would have The ceasefire continued to hold with no reports of fighting flaring up in The state-run TASS news agency reported that troops entered the Nagorno - Karabakh capital Stepanakert on Thursday evening and were also establishing positions

Stepanakert , the capital of Nagorno - Karabakh , has been hit by Azerbaijani shelling on a number of occasions since hostilities erupted © Armenian Heavy fighting over the disputed Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno - Karabakh intensified over the weekend as Armenian forces bombarded

Malgré le cessez-le-feu au Haut-Karabakh, sa capitale, Stepanakert, a subi des bombardements le 10 octobre 2020. © ARIS MESSINIS / AFP Despite the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, its capital, Stepanakert, suffered bombardments on October 10, 2020.

Stepanakert, the regional capital of Nagorno-Karabakh under the control of Armenian separatists, was the target of bombings which left seven dead during the night according to official Azerbaijani sources. However, a ceasefire negotiated in Moscow had entered into force after two weeks of intense fighting. Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating it.

Seven heavy explosions were heard around 11:30 p.m. local time, shaking the ground throughout the city. Immediately after this salvo, the warning sirens sounded for several minutes to call on the inhabitants to take refuge in the cellars and shelters. Silence then fell on Stepanakert, plunged into the most complete darkness.

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  Cities under fire as Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting intensifies Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged rocket fire as fighting intensified over Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, with the breakaway region's capital and Azerbaijan's second-largest city bombarded. Yerevan said Nagorno-Karabakh's main city Stepanakert, which has been under artillery fire since Friday, was hit again on Sunday and AFP journalists said there were regular explosions and smoke rising in parts of the city. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Ganja, a city of more than 330,000 in western Azerbaijan, was also "under fire" while separatist forces claimed to have destroyed an airbase there.

2020 bombardment of Stepanakert . Language. Watch. Edit. The bombardment of Stepanakert (Armenian: Ստեփանակերտի ռմբակոծություններ) started on 27 September 2020 as a result of the 2020 Nagorno - Karabakh war.

Students gathered in the regional capital of the the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region have welcomed a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces. The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports that after nearly four days of fighting people in Stepanakert hope that the deal holds, but they

On Sunday, seven people were killed and 33 injured in bombings on the Azerbaijani city of Gandja, Azerbaijani diplomacy said, accusing the Armenian forces, despite the humanitarian truce supposed to be in effect in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Immediately after the entry into force of the ceasefire on Saturday morning, the Armenian Ministry of Defense accused Azerbaijani forces of having "launched an attack at 12:05". "Armenia is flagrantly violating the ceasefire," replied the Azerbaijani army, later accusing the Armenian forces of having launched an offensive, repulsed.

However, the situation had remained unusually calm that day in Stepanakert, which had been subjected to regular bombardments for two weeks, including heavy rocket fire.

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Azerbaijan and Armenia have been engaged in hostilities over the past several days after both sides accused each other of violating the armistice in the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region.

Truce confirmed, according to Moscow, but "temporary"

"The parties reaffirmed their attachment to the cease-fire agreement", Moscow insisted in a statement in the evening, adding that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had spoken over the phone to his two counterparts.

This ceasefire must allow the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of victims.

According to a senior Azerbaijani official, the calm was only "temporary": "it is a humanitarian ceasefire to exchange bodies and prisoners, it is not a (real) ceasefire ", He indicated, affirming that Baku did" not intend to retreat ".

When the truce was announced, Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov had affirmed that the two camps had committed themselves "to substantial negotiations to quickly reach a peaceful settlement" of the conflict, with the mediation of the three co-presidents (France , Russia, United States) of the OSCE Minsk Group.

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A missile has struck the largest city in Nagorno - Karabakh , Stepanakert . The strike comes as fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues over the disputed region for. a sixth day. The BBC's Jonah Fisher visited the scene of the missile strike.

Nagorno - Karabakh ’s leader Arayik Harutyunyan described the situation as “calmer” on Sunday, but warned that the truce was precarious. Borrell urged the two sides to stick to the ceasefire agreement. An AFP journalist in the administrative capital of Stepanakert , which has been subjected

This Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with the Prime Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia. He called for a total end to the fighting. These negotiations will have to "resume without preconditions", insisted the spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry, Agnès von der Mühll.

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The fear is to see this conflict internationalize, Ankara encouraging Baku to offensive and Moscow being linked by a military treaty to Yerevan. Turkey is further accused of sending pro-Turkish fighters from Syria to fight alongside Azerbaijanis, which Baku denies.

Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory mainly populated by Armenians, seceded from Azerbaijan after a war which killed 30,000 people in the 1990s. Baku accuses from Yerevan of occupying its territory, and the accesses of violence are regular.

Since September 27, the fighting between the Nagorno-Karabakh troops, supported by Yerevan, and the Azerbaijani forces are the deadliest with more than 450 confirmed deaths, including about fifty civilians. A balance sheet that could actually be much heavier.

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