Saturday 21 July 2018

Three killed in fighting with separatist region, says Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan flag. Stock photo
Azerbaijan flag. Stock photo

Three of Azerbaijan's troops have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the defence ministry said.

Vagif Dargyakhly, the ministry's spokesman, said the rebels were shelling Azerbaijian's positions and front-line villages despite a ceasefire his government unilaterally announced.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since a war ended in 1994 with no resolution of the region's status.

Fighting flared up there over the weekend with a boy and at least 30 troops killed on both sides on Saturday, the worst fighting since the end of a full-scale war in 1994.

On Sunday, Azerbaijan said it had unilaterally ceased fire but the rebels in Nagorno-Karabakh said their positions were still under attack.

Press Association

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