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Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed armedly

Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed armedly 1

Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed armedly

Armenia said Azerbaijan launched an air and artillery attack against the Nagorno-Karabakh region, but Azerbaijan insisted it only acted in response to shelling from Armenia.

Armenian soldiers in the area near the Armenia-Azerbaijan border on July 15.

According to Armenian human rights activists, two civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed by Azerbaijan’s shelling, while Azerbaijan said 10 of its civilians were killed after the clash and 6

Nagorno-Karabakh is located deep in the southwest of Azerbaijan, but the majority of the population is of Armenian origin, so they want to secede and merge with Armenia.

Despite the ceasefire agreement reached in 1994 and many subsequent peace negotiations, conflict still occurs here.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, a mediator of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, called on both sides to immediately cease fire and organize negotiations.

`It is important to make every effort to prevent tensions from escalating into full-blown conflict. More importantly, the two sides need to end hostilities,` Russian President Vladimir Putin told Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Iran meanwhile said it is ready to stand in the middle of organizing negotiations and discussing a ceasefire between the two sides.

The conflict worries Western and regional nations in part because it could cause instability in the South Caucasus, which serves as a corridor for pipelines transporting oil and gas to markets across the world.

Armenia’s Ministry of Defense announced that its soldiers destroyed three tanks and shot down two helicopters and three drones, responding to an attack on civilian targets in Nagorno-Karabakh.

`Our response is proportionate and the military and political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the current situation,` Armenia’s Ministry of Defense stated.

Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed armedly

Location of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh region.

`We always stand side by side with the army to protect our motherland from Azerbaijan’s aggression,` Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Twitter.

Azerbaijan rejected the statement from the Armenian Ministry of Defense, asserting that it had `completely gained the advantage over the enemy on the front`, and accused Armenian forces of launching `targeted` attacks.

`We defend our territory. Justice is on our side,` Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a speech to the nation.

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense said a number of civilians were killed but did not provide specific information.

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