Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed territory continues

Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed territory continues

The Armenian Defence Ministry has confirmed on Thursday that tensions remain high in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, and that artillery shelling continues.

Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said that the situation “remains tense on all front lines between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan,” adding that the tactical and operational situation has not changed.

She stressed that some areas are still experiencing artillery and light weapons shelling, pointing out that the defence units foiled an attempted advance by Azerbaijani forces.

Hundreds of people, including civilians, have been killed in the disputed region between Armenia and Azerbaijan since Sunday.

Both Baku and Yerevan are refusing to stop the fighting, despite international calls for a ceasefire and a start of negotiations table.

Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, is officially part of Azerbaijan. However, the predominantly Armenian population has been de facto independent since 1991 under the name Republic of Artsakh.

Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has erupted periodically since the early 1990s, with Azerbaijan being backed in particular by Turkey and Israel, while Armenia has close relations with Russia.

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