Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes death toll tops 95
Published: 10:21 AM, 29 September 2020 Updated: 03:29 PM, 29 September 2020
Eurasia’s two neighbors, Armenia and Azerbaijan, are suddenly embroiled in battles over the control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which began on Sunday, has killed 84 military officials on both sides. Besides, 11 civilians (9 from Azerbaijan and 2 from Armenia) were killed, resulting in the death toll stood at 95.
Meanwhile, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan alleged that Azerbaijani forces had carried out large-scale attacks in the southern and northeastern sectors of the Karabakh frontline. “At least 200 soldiers were injured. Many have relapsed into the clash after minor injuries,” he added.
In a statement, Azerbaijani prosecutors said members of Armenian forces “opened fire” on Azerbaijani territory on Monday evening, as a result, two people died and several people were injured.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an end to the border conflict and engage in dialogue over the control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region immediately. Top leaders of the world community also condemned it.
He lamented the deaths of civilians in the clashes on Sunday and said “he would soon speak by telephone with top leaders of the two countries”.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to hold bilateral talks to end the conflict.
Earlier, the two armies fired heavy shells at each other in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Sunday morning. This situation has arisen after the international mediators did not take any initiative in resolving the border tensions for the last few months.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of “firing without provocation”. Earlier, several people were killed in a border clash between the two countries in July.
Armenia and Azerbaijan were once part of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the two countries became independent. The two neighbors have been at loggerheads over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for the past four decades. Although the Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, it remains under the control of the people of Armenian descent under the auspices of the Yerevan government.