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World Azerbaijan, Armenia declare martial law after clashes kill at least 16 military members

01:15  28 september  2020
01:15  28 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region

  Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region Long-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan appear to have flared up in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, with both sides accusing each other of attacking civilians. © Armenian Defense Ministry/AP A photo released by the Armenian defense ministry appears to show an Azerbaijani tank being destroyed on September 27, 2020. The neighboring former Soviet republics have long been at odds over the territory -- which is situated within the borders of Azerbaijan -- and fought a war over it that finished in 1994.

Armenia has declared martial law and ordered the total mobilisation of its military after claiming to have destroyed several Azerbaijani aircraft and tanks in clashes over a Armenian military officials have reported at least 10 casualties on their side. Officials in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital, said an

Armenia has since reportedly declared martial law and a "total military mobilization" in what looks to be the most serious escalation between the two " At least 16 military and several civilians were killed on Sunday in the heaviest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2016, reigniting

Azerbaijan and Armenia both declared martial law early Sunday after clashes killed at least 16 military members and several civilians.

a group of people standing on the side of a mountain: Azerbaijan, Armenia declare martial law after clashes kill at least 16 military members © Getty Images Azerbaijan, Armenia declare martial law after clashes kill at least 16 military members

The two countries, both former Soviet republics, experienced their heaviest clash since 2016 on Sunday over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that is inside Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians, Reuters reported.

War between Armenia and Azerbaijan helps no one, except Russia

  War between Armenia and Azerbaijan helps no one, except Russia The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian-occupied territory of Nagorno-Karabakh that erupted over the weekend is quickly escalating into a full-scale war. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared a state of war amid general mobilization. Massive reinforcements have been sent by both governments to the combat zone, including rocket launchers capable of hitting major cities from a long distance. © Provided by Washington Examiner The latest fighting has brought the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh to a critical stage after a quarter century of failed international mediation.

Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday accused each other of reigniting their decades-long conflict in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh after fresh violence At least 23 people -- both civilians and military -- have died in fighting that erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijani forces and Armenian rebels in the

Members of Armenia ’s army reserve were ordered to report to their local conscription office shortly after The call to arms and martial law will be put in place because Azerbaijan may decide to attack Armenia Comprising around 44,000 active-duty troops – less than half of them conscripts – the

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of an air and artillery strike on the area, with Nagorno-Karabakh saying 16 of its military members were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the attack. Armenian activists also said an ethnic Armenian woman and child were killed.

Armenia also said Azeri troops attacked civilian targets, prompting Armenia to vow for a "proportionate response."

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan tweeted the decision for Armenia to declare martial law after the strike.

Azerbaijan also declared martial law and asserted its attack was in response to Armenian shelling, which killed five members of one family, according to Reuters. It also claimed to have taken over up to seven villages, which Nagorno-Karabakh initially denied but added later it had lost "some positions."

Azerbaijan denied Armenian assertions that Azeri helicopters and tanks were demolished and said Armenia was conducting "deliberate and targeted" strikes along the front line.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said the Armenian military "fired on our settlements as well as our military positions," adding the Azerbaijani army "is currently firing on the enemy's military position, and as a result of these strikes, many units of the enemy's military equipment have been destroyed," according to Politico's translation of a state agency report.

In response to Sunday's conflict, Russia called for the countries to declare a ceasefire, while Turkey said it would back Azerbaijan in any head-to-head, Reuters reported. The European Union and the Organization for Secretary and Cooperation in Europe both encouraged the countries to disengage attacks and go back to negotiations.

The violence came after tensions between majority Christian Armenia and mostly Muslim Azerbaijan erupted into a war in the 1990s as the Soviet Union collapsed and as Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991. Clashes have continued over the years, including in 2016 when at least 200 people were killed and in July when at least 16 people were killed.

Nagorno-Karabakh sits nearby pipelines that send Caspian oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan to the rest of the world, Reuters noted.

Nagorno Karabakh: Missiles, rockets and accusations fly as flare-up burns into second week .
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other Monday of further missile and rocket attacks against civilian populations, as the newly reignited conflict over the enclave of Nagorno Karabakh enters its second week. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Authorities in the region, which is inside Azerbaijan's borders but enjoys de facto independence and has an Armenian majority, said that its capital Stepanakert came under intense rocket fire Monday.

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