Armenia-Azerbaijan clash over region: Mortars hit Iran
Published: 11:59 AM, 29 September 2020
Governor Ali Amiri confirmed that three mortars had landed in the border district of Khoda Afarin in Iran; Photo: Collected
Eurasia’s two neighbors, Armenia and Azerbaijan, are suddenly embroiled in battles over the control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which began on Sunday, have been continued to fire bullets and mortars at other countries, in the meantime, three mortars hit the territory of Iran.
Governor Ali Amiri confirmed that the mortars had landed in the border district of Khoda Afarin. However, it is not yet clear whether the mortars were fired from Azerbaijan or Armenia.
“Two of the three mortars hit the farm and exploded,” according to iranpress.com, citing the governor, informed no one was injured and no financial loss was incurred.
The other mortar fell on the high grasslands of the district. The third mortar did not explode.
Clashes between the two countries have re-erupted since Sunday morning over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on an emergency telephone call shortly after the new border clashes broke out. He called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to establish an immediate ceasefire and hold talks under international law.
In the late 1980s, war broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The conflict culminated in the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991.
Until the ceasefire was established between the two sides in 1994, 30,000 people lost their lives in the conflict. Although the Karabakh region is inside Azerbaijan, it is controlled by the people of Armenian descent under the auspices of the Yerevan government.
Meanwhile, clashes between the two countries for the second day in a row have left at least 95 people dead and hundreds more injured. This is the first time since 2016 that Armenia and Azerbaijan have been involved in a major conflict in the region.
Both sides have accused the military forces of using heavy weapons in the region. The two countries have long threatened to use all possible military means to regain control of the region.
The president of Azerbaijan has issued a partial martial law ordering the mobilization of troops on the border. The country’s foreign minister said many civilians had been killed and injured since the clashes began.