Conflicts & War

Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes continue over disputed enclave

Baku/Tbilisi, Sep 28 (efe-epa).- Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued through the night and into the early hours of Monday morning, officials from both countries confirmed.

Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev on Monday declared partial military mobilization in the country just over 24 hours after fighting broke out over the disputed territory.

Nagorno-Karabakh is considered by the international community to be part of Azerbaijan but has been de facto administered by ethnic Armenians since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The clashes that erupted over the enclave on Sunday were the most violent since the Four Day War in 2016, which left over 100 dead.

Armenia’s government, led by prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, declared full military mobilization of the country on Sunday, ordering all soldiers to present themselves to their commissariats.

The Armenian defense ministry on Monday said fighting continued “with various intensity” throughout the night and that the Azeri forces “resumed the offensive” in the early morning using artillery and armored vehicles.

“Our units resist the adversary taking appropriate measures, causing significant losses of personnel and equipment,” the statement said.

Armenian separatists and Azerbaijan have both reported civilian and military casualties.

Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said Armenian forces were shelling the city of Terter on the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact, located some 332 kilometers (206 miles) from Baku, the capital.

Both sides have accused each other of launching premeditated attacks.

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