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World Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify

00:20  16 october  2020
00:20  16 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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.

Nagorno - Karabakh ’s press service asked Elovsky not to reveal the shelter’s exact location, but he told Meduza that it was Many of these volunteers now heading to the frontlines, he told Meduza , are young men from Armenia’s capital with “trendy hairdos and oversized t-shirts who’ve never in their

The 2020 Nagorno - Karabakh conflict is an ongoing armed conflict between Azerbaijan and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, supported by Armenia, in the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region.

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.

Local residents hold Kalashnikov guns that they received from a recruitment office in the town of Martuni, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press Local residents hold Kalashnikov guns that they received from a recruitment office in the town of Martuni, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo) Local resident, Yury Ovanisyan holds a Kalashnikov guns that he received from a recruitment office in the town of Martuni, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal.  (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press Local resident, Yury Ovanisyan holds a Kalashnikov guns that he received from a recruitment office in the town of Martuni, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo)

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.

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Early on Sunday, an escalation unfolded along the contact line of Nagorno - Karabakh , an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from the Azerbaijan Republic in 1991.

The self-declared Nagorno - Karabakh Republic (officially named the Republic of Artsakh) enjoys close ties to Armenia (though Yerevan has not formally recognized the breakaway republic’s independence), while Azerbaijan insists that this area is its own territory.

“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.

His 41-year-old relative Edik, who owns a shop, admitted he has never loaded a gun before.

“I’m doing this nonsense for the first time in my life,” he said while inserting cartridges into the magazine.

Overhearing him, Karen Musaelyan, quickly retorted: “This is not nonsense! This is our bread!”

The recent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on Sept. 27 and has since killed hundreds. It marked the biggest escalation of a decades-old conflict over the region that lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia.

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Nagorno - Karabakh is a mountainous enclave with a large ethnic Armenian population that lies inside the territory of Azerbaijan. Armenia's Defence Ministry said an Azeri drone had attacked a bus carrying Armenian volunteers to Nagorno - Karabakh , killing five people.

A long-standing territorial rift between Armenia and Azerbaijan turned deadly, leaving dozens of soldiers dead in the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region, and

Gevorg, a doctor of a local hospital damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery, walks in the yard of his hospital in the town of Martakert, during a military conflict, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press Gevorg, a doctor of a local hospital damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery, walks in the yard of his hospital in the town of Martakert, during a military conflict, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo)

The violence — involving heavy artillery, rockets and drones — has continued to rage despite Russia's attempt to broker a truce.

Russia, which has a security pact with Armenia but also has cultivated warm ties with Azerbaijan, hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for more than 10 hours of talks that ended with Saturday’s cease-fire deal. But the agreement immediately frayed, with both sides blaming each other for breaching it.

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Nagorno - Karabakh provides crucial transit routes for gas and oil to international market. The clashes prompted a flurry of diplomacy to prevent a flare-up of a decades-old conflict between majority Christian Armenia Indiscriminate weapons banned under treaty not signed by Armenia or Azerbaijan.

Armenian News - NEWS.am presents the latest on the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict: KID UNDERGOES SURGERY. A 2-year old Armenian boy Artsvik was wounded after heavy shelling by the Azerbaijani side in the city of Martuni.

On Thursday, Azerbaijan again accused Armenian forces of shelling several of its regions and claimed that one of the strikes hit a cemetery, killing three people. The claim was immediately supported by Turkey, which has publicly sided with Azerbaijan in the conflict.

A destroyed graveyard damaged by shelling during fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Terter, Azerbaijan, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov) © Provided by Associated Press A destroyed graveyard damaged by shelling during fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Terter, Azerbaijan, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov)

“Armenia continues to disregard the humanitarian cease-fire announced on Oct. 10 for the exchange of prisoners and victims," Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the country's forces "do not even allow our Azerbaijani brothers to bury their dead.”

The doctor of a local hospital, damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery, stands in the surgery room of his hospital in the town of Martakert, during a military conflict, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press The doctor of a local hospital, damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery, stands in the surgery room of his hospital in the town of Martakert, during a military conflict, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo)

Armenian authorities, in turn, said Azerbaijan had breached the truce, alleging that its forces killed two people in an attack on its territory on Wednesday. Nagorno-Karabakh officials also reported new strikes on Stepanakert, the territory's capital, that came under intense shelling last week.

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Nagorno - Karabakh conflict. media captionTanks ablaze as fighting erupts over disputed region. One of the world's oldest conflicts, a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has re-erupted with the heaviest clashes in years.

The Nagorno - Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh , inhabited mostly by ethnic Armenians

In Martuni, houses and buildings have been badly damaged by the shelling.

The family of Benik Osepyan, 91, combed the rubble of their home, picking up things spared by the strike.

Martuni residents got their Kalashnikovs a day after Nagorno-Karabakh’s leader, Arayik Harutyunyan, announced regulations on the “participation of the militia forces” in the fighting.

Gevorg, a doctor of a local hospital damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery, points in direction of the noise of Azerbaijan's military jet bombing the town of Martakert, during a military conflict, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press Gevorg, a doctor of a local hospital damaged by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery, points in direction of the noise of Azerbaijan's military jet bombing the town of Martakert, during a military conflict, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo)

On Thursday, he also introduced travel restrictions for those who are eligible for the draft, allowing them to leave the region only under special circumstances and with a permit from the authorities.

A destroyed Armenian APC is seen on the road from Stepanakert to Martekert during a military conflict in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press A destroyed Armenian APC is seen on the road from Stepanakert to Martekert during a military conflict in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP Photo)

Valery Ovanisyan said his grandchildren have departed for Armenia, but he was staying behind for their sake,

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“They are small, 3 years and 5 years. They shouldn’t be here. I’m here, holding ground (to protect) them,” he said.

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.

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