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World Azerbaijan strikes inside Armenia as Karabakh fighting widens

23:20  14 october  2020
23:20  14 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Nagorno Karabakh: Missiles, rockets and accusations fly as flare-up burns into second week

  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.

Azerbaijan said Wednesday it destroyed missile launchers inside Armenia that were targeting its cities, an escalation that threatens to further draw regional powers Russia and Turkey into the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

a person talking on a cell phone: Civilians on both sides have been forced to take shelter in basements or flee their homes © Bulent Kilic Civilians on both sides have been forced to take shelter in basements or flee their homes

Hundreds have been killed in two weeks of fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed region, and continued clashes have rendered almost meaningless a ceasefire agreed in Moscow last week.

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a group of people sitting at a table with a laptop: A wounded Armenian soldier receives treatment in the basement of a medical center outside the city of Stepanakert during the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region © ARIS MESSINIS A wounded Armenian soldier receives treatment in the basement of a medical center outside the city of Stepanakert during the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region

Armenia confirmed that military positions inside the country were hit but denied its forces had been firing into Azerbaijan. It warned that it too could start targeting military sites inside its adversary's territory.

a couple of people that are standing in a room: Paramedics comfort each others in the basement of a medical center outside the city of Stepanakert during the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan © ARIS MESSINIS Paramedics comfort each others in the basement of a medical center outside the city of Stepanakert during the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Its foreign ministry later accused Azerbaijan of refusing to implement the ceasefire and -- with Turkish support -- of trying to "expand" the area of the conflict by attacking Armenia.

Azerbaijan, Armenia report shelling of cities despite truce

  Azerbaijan, Armenia report shelling of cities despite truce BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of attacking large cities overnight in violation of the cease-fire deal brokered by Russia that seeks to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Azerbaijani authorities said Sunday that nine civilians have been killed and over 30 wounded after Armenian forces fired missiles overnight on Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city, and hit a residential building. According to Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's office, the city of Mingachevir also came under missile attacks early Sunday.

Clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh have been largely confined to the region since a fresh outbreak of fighting started last month.

Direct confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan risk spiralling into an all-out, multi-front war with devastating consequences.

Moscow has so far refused to become drawn into the conflict -- even though Armenia is part of a regional Russia-led security group -- noting that the organisation's treaty applies to Armenian territory, not Karabakh.

Overwhelmingly populated by Armenians, Nagorno-Karabakh has been controlled by Armenians since a 1990s war that erupted as the Soviet Union fell.

Azerbaijan has never hidden its desire to win back control and no state has recognised Nagorno-Karabakh's declaration of independence.

Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks

  Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated Wednesday, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting continues for a third week despite a cease-fire deal. In a statement compounding fears of a wider conflict, Armenian Defense Ministry claimed it reserves the right to target Azerbaijani military objects and troop movements. That followed an announcement by the Azerbaijani military that it destroyed an Armenian missile system “targeted ... to inflict casualties among the peaceful population and to destroy civilian infrastructure.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan conceded Wednesday that separatist fighters had been forced to withdraw from frontline positions in the north and south, describing the situation as "very serious".

"We must unite to stop the enemy, and achieve Karabakh's independence," he said in a televised address to the nation.

The latest fighting, which erupted on September 27, has been the most intense since a 1994 ceasefire, claiming more than 600 lives, including more than 70 civilians, according to a tally based on partial tolls from both sides.

Map showing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and surrounding powers. © Patricio ARANA Map showing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and surrounding powers.

Each side has accused the other of targeting civilian areas with shelling, missile and rocket attacks, and on Wednesday Armenia said Azerbaijan had struck a hospital in Karabakh.

- Thuds of shelling -

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in statements Wednesday that it had destroyed ballistic missile launchers deployed in Armenia in two attacks overnight.

The OTR-21 Tochka mobile systems were in areas of Armenia bordering the Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan that is under separatist control, it said.

Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify

  Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify MARTUNI, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — As the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces rages on in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, its residents are joining volunteer squads to defend their towns. The Ovanisyan family and their neighbors were called Wednesday to receive their Kalashnikov rifles to help protect Martuni, a town close to the front line in the eastern part of the region. “I was summoned to the recruitment office to give me a gun so I can defend my land. I am always ready to fight for the well-being of my children," said Valery Ovanisyan, a 64-year-old Martuni resident.

Launchers at the first site were aiming at the Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir and other populated areas, it said.

Armenian defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan confirmed positions in the area were hit. But she denied that Armenian forces had ever fired "a single missile, shell or projectile" inside Azerbaijan.

Armenia's military now "reserves the right to target any military installations and combat movements on the territory of Azerbaijan", she said.

Nagorno-Karabakh's regional capital Stepanakert was under heavy bombardment for days before the ceasefire, forcing thousands to flee or seek shelter in basements.

AFP journalists in the city said it was quiet on Wednesday, after several days of relative calm since the ceasefire deal took effect midday Saturday.

In the frontline settlement of Bakharly in Azerbaijan, the constant thuds of shelling could be heard as villagers said they were under regular fire.

Of the 800 families in the village, most of whom fled Karabakh in the 1990s, only about 100 men remained, hunkering down in shelter.

"By staying here, we feel that we are also fighting," 66-year-old Sakhib Adket said, standing next to a World War I-style trench in his garden.

- Four-way talks? -

Securing a lasting resolution to the conflict, one of the most enduring problems left after the fall of the USSR, is in the hands of the Minsk Group chaired by France, Russia and the United States.

The group has urged the two sides to fully implement the Moscow truce agreement, which also calls for a return to long-stalled negotiations over Karabakh.

Russian officials on Wednesday appealed again to both sides to halt fighting and said Moscow was ready to deploy "military observers" to the frontline to help secure the truce.

Azerbaijan's close ally Turkey is angling for a position at the negotiating table, and the country's President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday said that "Turkey must be actively involved in the conflict settlement".

Ankara has signalled it's full support for Azerbaijan's military intervention and been widely accused of dispatching Syrian militia to assist Baku.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied the accusations on Wednesday, saying: "Those who call us say 'you sent there the mujahideen from Syria'. We don't have any such agenda."

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