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World Armenia and Azerbaijan truce breaks down within hours

15:20  18 october  2020
15:20  18 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of What is the latest agreement? Both nations confirmed the humanitarian truce , although few other details Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a missile strike in the early hours of Saturday that killed at least 13

Armenia and Azerbaijan have announced a "humanitarian truce " from Saturday midnight, according to statements by the foreign ministries of both countries. The former Soviet states of Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a bloody war over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s.

By Nvard Hovhannisyan and Nailia Bagirova

a close up of a rock: Men stand amidst the ruins of a house following recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert © Reuters/STRINGER Men stand amidst the ruins of a house following recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert

YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed.

The truce agreed on Saturday came into force at midnight (2000 GMT) after a week-old Russian-brokered ceasefire failed to halt the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the 1990s. At least 750 people have been killed since fighting began on Sept. 27.

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.

Azerbaijan and Armenia Agree to Enter Humanitarian Truce at Midnight. "The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian truce starting You can restore your account within 30 days by following the link sent to the e-mail address you entered during registration.

Minutes after Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a ceasefire - fighting broke out again in Nagorno Karabakh. According to Armenia 's Defence Ministry, Azeri forces launched an attack just 5 minutes after the truce . Palki Sharma Upadhyay tells you more.

a dirty old room: An interior view shows a damaged house following recent shelling in Shosh © Reuters/STRINGER An interior view shows a damaged house following recent shelling in Shosh

At 1010 GMT, the Azeri defence ministry said the Aghdam region, adjacent Nagorno-Karabakh, was under Armenian shelling. It said overnight Armenian military units opened fire from large-caliber weapons along the border, which Armenia denied.

a group of people sitting on the ground: Men mourn at the grave of a fallen soldier, who was killed during the military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert © Reuters/STRINGER Men mourn at the grave of a fallen soldier, who was killed during the military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert

Armenia said the Azeri army had fired twice during the night and used artillery and accused Baku of rejecting its request to withdraw the wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

"This step ... was categorically rejected by Baku," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Baku called the statement misinformation.

A new weapon complicates an old war in Nagorno-Karabakh

  A new weapon complicates an old war in Nagorno-Karabakh The use of drones has upset the military balance between Azerbaijan and Armenia in their longtime dispute over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.“We don’t see them," said Katarina Abrahamyan, a 38-year-old supermarket cashier. "We hear them.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out on Sunday over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The former Soviet states of Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a bloody war over the mountainous The war ended with a truce in 1994, although there has been sporadic violence since.

Armenia said Azerbaijan broke the truce twice, firing artillery shells and rockets and attempting to move troops into a more favorable position. Armenia claimed on Sunday that Azerbaijan had rejected its suggestion to agree on an ICRC-supported evacuation of the wounded from the battlefield.

The Azeri defence ministry said: "The enemy fired at the vicinity of the Jabrail city, as well as the villages of this region ... using mortars and artillery". It added that the Azeri army "took adequate retaliatory measures".

The ministry said that Azeri military units downed Armenian Su-25 warplane, "which was attempting to inflict airstrikes on the positions of the Azeri army in Jabrail region." Yerevan swiftly denied that.

Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said Azeri forces had launched an attack on the enclave's military positions and there were casualties and wounded on both sides.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountain territory that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

The ceasefire earlier this month was aimed at letting the sides swap detainees and bodies of those killed in the clashes, but it had little impact on the fighting around the enclave.

The new truce was announced on Saturday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talked to his Armenian and Azeri counterparts by phone and called on sides to observe the truce that he mediated a week ago.

Russia, France and the United States belong to the Minsk Group, which has attempted to help resolve the conflict under the umbrella of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Baku said on Saturday that 60 Azeri civilians had been killed and 270 wounded since the fighting flared on Sept. 27. It has not disclosed its military casualties.

Nagorno-Karabakh says 673 of its military personnel have been killed, and 36 civilians.

(Writing by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Frances Kerry and Raissa Kasolowsky)

US-brokered ceasefire for Armenia-Azerbaijan fails, fighting continues .
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