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Azerbaijan, Armenia Clashes Kill 39

Azerbaijan, Armenia Clashes Kill 39

BAKU, Azerbaijan – At least 39 people have been killed in deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, neighbours of the South Caucasus, as the latest violence in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh prompted international calls to end the fighting.
The Karabakh Defense Ministry said on Monday that 15 of its fighters had been killed in clashes with Azerbaijani forces, Agence France Presse reported.
The Armenian defence ministry said heavy fighting continued along the front line on Monday morning and had recaptured positions taken by Azerbaijani forces on Sunday.
Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on Sunday that Karabakh forces killed “some 200 Azerbaijani soldiers and destroyed 30 enemy artillery units and 20 drones.”
Both sides reported civilian casualties, reuters reported.
The clashes that began Sunday between Armenia and Azerbaijan are the latest outbreak of an ongoing dispute over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Although the area is officially recognized as part of Azerbaijan, it is governed as a de facto independent state with an ethnic Armenian majority.
The United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations on Sunday called for an early end to hostilities.
US President Donald Trump has said the United States takes the fighting seriously.
“We are scrutinizing it,” reuters reported. “We have a lot of good relationships in this area. We’ll see if we can stop it.”
French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed “deep concern” and “urged an immediate end to hostilities,” AFP said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the military outbreak with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and said the fighting must end.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that Armenia was “the greatest threat to peace in the region” and that Turkey “would continue to” increasingly “solidarity with Baku.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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