The clashes between the two former Soviet republics, which fought a war in the 1990s, were the latest flare-up of a long-running conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh [Azerbaijan’s defence ministry via Anadolu] (Anadolou)
- Armenia and Azerbaijan forces pounded each other with rockets and artillery in a new round of the decades-old conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- The fierce fighting, which continued for a third day on Tuesday, has killed dozens of soldiers and at least 11 civilians so far.
- The UN and the international community have called for an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated settlement.
Here are the latest updates:
10:40 GMT – Pompeo says violence must stop in Nagorno-Karabakh
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities as clashes continued over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“The foreign minister and I addressed the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh where both sides need to stop the violence and work with the Minsk Group co-chairs and return to substantive negotiations as quickly as possible,” he said, alongside his Greek counterpart during a visit to Crete.
10:00 GMT – Armenia reports first death on its soil after Azeri shelling
A civilian was killed in the Armenian town of Vardenis after it was shelled by Azeri artillery and targeted in a drone attack, Armenia’s foreign ministry said, the first casualty on Armenian soil since fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Tuesday of firing into each other’s territory, far from the conflict zone in the breakaway Azeri region backed by Yerevan, as the worst spate of fighting since the 1990s raged for a third day.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said that from Vardenis the Armenian army had shelled the Dashkesan region inside Azerbaijan. Armenia denied those reports.
09:50 GMT – France urges international talks on Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes
France has said that it would call for talks among the ‘Minsk Group’ – which is led by Russia, France and the United States and mediates between Armenia and Azerbaijan – to try to resolve an escalating conflict between the two South Caucasus countries.
“We will trigger in the coming days a co-ordination of the Minsk Group to clear up what happened, who is responsible and find a way out,” an official at Macron’s office told Reuters on Tuesday.
09:30 GMT – Iran denies letting Armenian arms pass through its territory
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has denied reports that Iranian soil is being used to transfer arms and military equipment to Armenia.
“While supervising and controlling transportation of goods to other countries, the Islamic Republic will by no means allow our soil to be used to move arms and ammunition,” he said during a press conference, adding that any trucks crossing borders are as usual carrying “conventional, non-military goods”.
08:50 GMT – Merkel urges ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Karabakh fighting
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for an “immediate” end to the fighting in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh in phone calls with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, her spokesman said.
“The chancellor urgently called for an immediate ceasefire and a return to the negotiating table,” Steffen Seibert said.
Merkel spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday and with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday, he added.
08:45 GMT – Ten Azeri civilians killed since start of fighting: Ifax cites Azeri president
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said that 10 Azeri civilians had been killed since fighting with Armenian forces began on Sunday over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Interfax news agency reported.
Armenian and Azeri forces have accused each other of firing at border positions and civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, in some of the worst fighting since the 1990s.
“I don’t even want to imagine in my mind what can happen.”
Fierce fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia has escalated further, killing at least 26 more soldiers in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh with fears that clashes could turn into a full-scale war. pic.twitter.com/wNwS9Emp6z
08:40 GMT – Azerbaijan’s SOCAR says its oil infrastructure guarded by army
Azeri state energy company SOCAR has said that the country’s oil infrastructure was being guarded by the army amid fighting with ethnic Armenian forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Interfax news agency reported.
08:10 GMT – Azeri forces fire at Armenian military unit far from Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia
Azeri armed forces opened fire on an Armenian military unit in the border town of Vardenis, and miles away from the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region which has been the focus of clashes in the past few days, the Armenian defence ministry said.
A civilian bus caught fire after being hit by an Azeri unmanned drone, it said in a statement.
Separately, Armenia denied an earlier report by Azerbaijan’s defence ministry that the Armenian army had shelled the Dashkesan region on the border between the two countries
06:15 GMT – Nagorno-Karabakh fighting continues for the third day
Armenian and Azeri forces have deployed heavy artillery in the latest fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, both sides said.
The Azeri defence ministry said the opposing forces attempted to recover lost ground by launching counter-attacks towards Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Agdere and Terter and that there was fighting around Fizuli city on Tuesday morning and the Armenian army shelled the Dashkesan region on the border between the two countries, miles away from Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia denied shelling Dashkesan, but reported fighting throughout the night and said that Nagorno-Karabakh’s army repelled attacks from several directions along the line of contact.
05:30 GMT – 53 troops killed in clashes with Azeri forces: Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh said 53 of its soldiers had been killed in fighting with Azeri forces.
It also said it had recovered some lost territory on Sunday, but its leader later said neither the Azeri army nor the Armenian military captured any tactical positions during the fighting on Monday.
He said the Azeri army had started a significant attack towards Matagis and Talish.
05:25 GMT – OIC condemns Armenian ‘aggression’ against Azerbaijan
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Armenia’s “aggression” against Azerbaijan and called for a political solution to the conflict between the two countries.
Renewing its solidarity with Azerbaijan, the organisation said it was deeply concerned and was monitoring several of Armenia’s attacks on its eastern neighbour and “violating the ceasefire and leaving behind civilian casualties”.
“It [OIC] calls for the full and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces from the occupied Azeri territories and for dialogue to reach a political solution to the conflict between the two countries based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the inviolability of its internationally recognized borders,” the OIC statement said.
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