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Nagorno-Karabakh violence

Shelling continues after worst clashes in decades

BBC News reporting: Unexpected fighting broke out in Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh, when, overnight, troops from Azerbaijan and Armenia have started firing at each other.

Some reports suggest that at this point it’s not a small skirmish, but a full-fledged war, with heavy weapons, armored vehicles, mortars, and artillery, all being used by both sides.

The latest confirmed information from the region indicates that at least 30 soldiers have died in combat on Saturday. Civilian deaths have been reported as well. Armenia claims the loss of 18 ethnic-Armenian troops, while Azerbaijan said it had lost 12 troops. The Karabakh defense ministry said a 12-year-old boy had been killed and two other children injured.

The main reason for this escalation of violence is the fact that Nagorno-Karabakh has been in the hands of ethnic-Armenian separatists since a war that ended in 1994.

There are multiple versions of why the conflict began anew, with Azerbaijan saying that its armed forces had come under fire first from large-caliber artillery and grenade-launchers, and that it had taken over two strategic hills and a village. The Armenian government claims that Azerbaijan had launched an unprovoked "massive attack" with tanks, artillery, and helicopters.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed "grave concern" over the reported large-scale ceasefire violations.

The co-chairmen of the body's Minsk Group - Ambassadors Igor Popov of Russia, James Warlick of the US, and Pierre Andrieu of France - made a joint statement saying: "We strongly condemn the use of force and regret the senseless loss of life, including civilians.

"The co-chairs call upon the sides to stop shooting and take all necessary measures to stabilise the situation on the ground. They reiterate that there is no alternative to a peaceful negotiated solution of the conflict and that war is not an option."

The defense ministries of Azerbaijan and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic said the situation along the front line remains tense.

UPDATE: 

Azerbaijan has announced a "unilateral ceasefire" in fighting with Armenian forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

"Azerbaijan, showing good will, has decided to unilaterally cease hostilities," the Azeri defence ministry said in a statement issued as a response to international calls to halt violence.

However, the Armenia-backed Karabakh military spokesman, David Babayan, said that the battle is still going on.

"Fierce fighting is under way on south-eastern and north-eastern sectors of the Karabakh frontline," said Mr. Babayan in his interview.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

 

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