In the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of breaking the ceasefire that had only been agreed the previous evening. Both sides reported fighting. The ceasefire should have come into effect at midnight. Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire a week ago, but this was broken several times.
Azerbaijan on Saturday accused Armenia of killing 13 civilians in the shelling of the city of Ganja and injuring more than 50 others. Armenia, in turn, accused Azerbaijan of sustained attacks. Initially, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Defense Ministry said there had been rocket and artillery fire from the opposing side. Azerbaijan had also started an attack from the south of the conflict region. There are sacrifices on both sides.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, in turn, later accused Armenia of “grossly” violating the agreement. According to this, the city of Jabrayil and several villages previously brought under control by Azerbaijan are said to have been shelled by the Armenian side. Azerbaijan “took retaliatory measures”, it said.
Mostly Christian Armenians live in the region in the South Caucasus, the leadership there is supported by the Armenian government in Yerevan (Yerevan). Under international law, the area belongs to the predominantly Islamic Azerbaijan, which it renounced in 1991. Since Armenia is allied with Russia and Azerbaijan is supported by Turkey, the conflict threatens to spread beyond the region with far-reaching consequences for the economy. Important natural gas and oil pipelines run through the South Caucasus. The current fighting began on September 27th and is the worst since the 1991-1994 war, in which around 30,000 people were killed.
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