Combating erupts between Armenia, Azerbaijan; 16 killed

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Combating between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has erupted once more over the disputed separatist area of Nagorno-Karabakh and a high territorial official says 16 folks have been killed and greater than 100 others wounded

YEREVAN, Armenia — Combating erupted anew Sunday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist area of Nagorno-Karabakh and a high territorial official stated 16 folks have been killed and greater than 100 wounded, whereas Azerbaijan’s president stated his navy has suffered losses.

Armenia additionally claimed that two Azerbaijani helicopters have been shot down and three Azerbaijani tanks have been hit by artillery, however Azerbaijan’s protection ministry rejected that declare.

Heavy preventing broke out within the morning within the area that lies inside Azerbaijan however has been beneath the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994 on the finish of a separatist warfare. It was not instantly clear what sparked the preventing, the heaviest since clashes in July killed 16 folks from either side.

Nagorno-Karabakh authorities reported that shelling hit the area’s capital of Stepanakert and the cities of Martakert and Martuni. Armenian Protection Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan additionally stated Azerbaijani shelling hit inside Armenian territory close to the city of Vardenis.

Artur Sarkisian, deputy head of the Nagorno-Karabakh military, stated that 16 folks have been killed and greater than 100 wounded. It wasn’t instantly clear if the determine included each troopers and civilians. Earlier, the Armenian human rights ombudsman stated a lady and youngster had been killed within the shelling.

One other Armenian Protection Ministry spokeswoman, Shushan Stepanyan, stated “the Armenian facet” shot down two helicopters and hit three tanks.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ordered martial regulation be imposed in some areas of the nation and referred to as for a curfew in main cities.

In a televised tackle to the nation, Aliyev stated that “there are losses among the many Azerbaijani forces and the civilian inhabitants on account of the Armenian bombardment,” however did not give additional particulars. He additionally claimed that “many items of the enemy’s navy gear have been destroyed.”

Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov “is conducting intensive contacts to be able to induce the events to stop fireplace and begin negotiations to stabilize the scenario,” Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, chairman of the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe, referred to as on the perimeters to cease preventing. The long-unsuccessful negotiations for resolving the territory’s standing has been carried out beneath OSCE auspices.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian on Sunday stated the nation might reexamine whether or not to acknowledge Nagorno-Karabakh as unbiased. Such a transfer would seemingly impede additional negotiations.

Overseas Minister Javad Zarif of Iran, which borders each Azerbaijan and Armenia, stated “We name for a right away finish to hostilities and urge dialogue to resolve variations. Our neighbors are our precedence and we’re prepared to supply good workplaces to allow talks.”

Turkey’s ruling get together spokesman Omer Celik tweeted: “We vehemently condemn Armenia’s assault on Azerbaijan. Armenia has as soon as once more dedicated a provocation, ignoring regulation.” He promised Turkey would stand by Azerbaijan and stated, “Armenia is taking part in with fireplace and endangering regional peace.”

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin additionally condemned Armenia.

“Armenia has violated the cease-fire by attacking civilian settlements … the worldwide neighborhood should instantly say cease to this harmful provocation,” Kalin tweeted.

Principally mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh — a area round 4,400 sq. kilometers (1,700 sq. miles) or concerning the measurement of the U.S. state of Delaware — lies 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Armenian border. Native troopers backed by Armenia additionally occupy some Azerbaijani territory outdoors the area.

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Jim Heintz in Moscow, Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul and Giada Zampano in Rome contributed to this story.

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