Fighting broke out on Sunday between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. A total of 116 people were killed on both sides in the fighting, and hundreds more were injured. Armenia has claimed that a woman and a child were killed in a shootout with Azerbaijani forces. At the same time the President of Azerbaijan said that his army had suffered casualties.
Armenia also claimed to have killed two Azerbaijani helicopters and targeted three tanks with artillery, but Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry denied the claims. There is a dispute between the two countries over the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh. However, it is not yet clear why the war started this time. This is the biggest fight since the conflict between the two sides in July. A total of 1 person was killed on both sides in July.
Nagrono-Karbach officials said shells fired from Azerbaijan landed in the capital, Stephensert, and in the cities of Martkart and Martuni. Arsenal defense ministry spokesman Artashran Hovanisian said the shots were fired from Azerbaijan near the town of Vardunis on the Armenian border. Armen Tituyan, a member of the Armenian People’s Rights Council, said the attack killed a woman and a child, and injured two civilians in the Martuni area.
Azerbaijani helicopter killed: Another spokeswoman for the Armenian Defense Ministry, Susan Stepanayan, claimed that the Armenian army had killed two Azerbaijani helicopters and targeted three tanks.
Armenia bomb damage: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a televised message to the nation that the Armenian bombing had caused casualties to Azerbaijani soldiers and civilians. However, he could not give details. The President also demanded the destruction of military equipment of several units of the enemy army.
Turkey condemns Armenia attack: “We strongly condemn the Armenian invasion of Azerbaijan,” said Omar Celik, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling party, an ally of Azerbaijan. He has again acted provocatively and ignored the laws. He said that Turkey would stand with Azerbaijan. He said Armenia was playing with fire and threatening regional peace.
Armenia warns Turkey: Armenian Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy warned Turkey about any role in the war. He said Turkey should not take part in this struggle. If he is involved, he will suffer serious consequences.
What’s the matter
The two countries want to expand the Nagorno-Karabakh region to 4,400 square kilometers. The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally part of Azerbaijan, but is occupied by the Armenian ethnic group. In 1991, the people of the region declared independence from Azerbaijan and declared themselves part of Armenia. Azerbaijan rejected his move outright. It is noteworthy that Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan and has been out of Azerbaijan’s control since the end of the war in 1994.
Russia has called for a ceasefire Russia’s Defense Ministry has demanded an immediate end to the ongoing war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Russia has said it can mediate but urgently needs a ceasefire. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has begun talks to stabilize the situation by establishing a ceasefire between the two sides.
The pope prayed for peace: The pope, the Vatican’s top Catholic leader, said on Sunday that he was praying for peace between the two countries. He called upon both the countries to take initiative for a peaceful solution through dialogue on the basis of goodwill and brotherhood.