Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of killing 21 folks and wounding dozens in a missile strike close to the disputed area.
Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of killing 21 folks and wounding dozens in a missile strike close to the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia on Wednesday instantly denied finishing up the assault, the second in two days that Azerbaijan says killed civilians within the Barda district near the entrance line.
Yerevan additionally accused Azerbaijani forces of lethal new strikes on civilian areas of Nagorno-Karabakh, as each side declare the opposite is focusing on civilians after weeks of fierce clashes.
In the meantime, Ria Novosti information company reported that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed the deployment of Russian border guards alongside the Armenian border with Nagorno-Karabakh.
“There may be nothing particular about this,” Pashinyan mentioned. “Russian border guards have been on the Armenia’s border with Turkey and Iran … Now, as a result of newest developments, the Russian border guards are additionally on the southeastern and southwestern border of Armenia.”
Wednesday’s assaults got here regardless of a US-brokered truce agreed on the weekend, the third ceasefire try in a row to break down simply minutes after it took impact.
Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev mentioned Armenian forces fired Smerch missiles in opposition to Barda, accusing them of utilizing cluster munitions “to inflict extreme casualties amongst civilians”.
The prosecutor basic’s workplace mentioned the strike hit a densely populated space and a purchasing district, killing 21 civilians and wounding a minimum of 70.
Armenia’s defence ministry, in the meantime, confirmed that Azerbaijan seized the strategic city of Gubadli between the enclave and the Iranian border, an obvious army achieve that would make a diplomatic answer tougher.
Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however is populated and managed by ethnic Armenians. About 30,000 folks have been killed in a 1991-94 warfare within the area.
Azerbaijan rejects any answer that would go away Armenians in charge of the enclave, which it considers to be illegally occupied.
Armenia regards the territory as a part of its historic homeland and says the inhabitants there wants its safety.
The Nagorno-Karabakh defence ministry has recorded 1,068 army deaths since preventing erupted on September 27.
Azerbaijan has not disclosed its army casualties. Russia has estimated as many as 5,000 deaths in complete.