Deadly clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Deadly clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Deadly clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The cities of Goris, Sotk and Jermuk (in red), in Armenia.

On Tuesday, September 13, Armenia and Azerbaijan reported large-scale border clashes that resulted in the deaths of Azerbaijani troops in the latest outbreak of violence between the two enemy countries. “Tuesday at 12:05 [22 h 05 en France]Azerbaijan launched an intensive bombardment, with artillery and large-caliber firearms, against Armenian military posts in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sotk and Jermuk “, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said. He said in a statement that Azerbaijan also used drones.

For its part, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense has accused Armenia of“Large-scale subversive acts” close to the border districts of Dashkesan, Kelbajar and Lachin, adding that the positions of his army “came under fire, particularly from trench mortars”.

“There are casualties among the military [azerbaïdjanais], he reported, without giving any numbers. The United States said “Extremely worried” Regarding these reported attacks, on Monday he called for an immediate cessation of fighting.

Shooting frequent

Frequent shootings have been reported along the shared border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Last week, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a border shootout.

In August, Baku said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its soldiers were killed and more than a dozen were wounded. Neighbors fought two wars – in the 1990s and 2020 – in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, an Armenian-populated Azerbaijani enclave.

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Six weeks of fighting in the fall of 2020 resulted in more than 6,500 deaths and resulted in a Russian-brokered ceasefire. As part of the deal, Armenia ceded areas of territory it had controlled for decades and Moscow has deployed some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce.

During the EU-mediated talks in Brussels in May and April, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to “carry on the talks” on a future peace treaty.

The ethnic Armenian separatists of Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The ensuing conflict claimed around 30,000 lives.

The world with AFP

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