Armenia, Azerbaijan clashes Restart over separatist Area

Men look at the damage in a residential area after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The clashes erupted on Sept. 27 and have killed dozens, marking the biggest escalation in the decades-old conflict over the region, which lies within Azerbaijan but is controlled by local ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia. (David Ghahramanyan/NKR InfoCenter PAN Photo via AP)

YEREVAN, Armenia — The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces across the separatist land of Nagorno-Karabakh declared Monday morning, with the two sides accusing each other of launch strikes.

The area is located in Azerbaijan but continues to be under the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia because of the conclusion of a separatist war in 1994.

Firefights of varying intensity” continue to rage” from the battle zone, Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanian stated on Facebook.

Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second-largest city much beyond the battle zone, can be”under fire,” officials said.

Armenia’s Foreign Ministry in a statement dismissed allegations of those attacks being launched in Armenia’s land as a”disinformation campaign” waged by Azerbaijan.

Vahram Poghosyan, spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh’s chief, on Monday cautioned in a Facebook article the land’s forces could target military centers in Azerbaijani cities in reaction to strikes on Stepanakert and Shushi, a city in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The fighting erupted Sept. 27 and has murdered dozens, signaling the largest escalation from the decades-old battle over the area. Both sides have accused each other of enlarging the hostilities beyond the battle zone in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh officials have stated almost 200 servicemen on their side have died in the clashes up to now. Eighteen civilians are murdered and over 90 others injured. Azerbaijani police have not given details regarding their army casualties but stated 24 civilians were killed and 124 others were injured.

It maintained independence from Azerbaijan in 1991, roughly three months before the Soviet Union’s collapse.

From the time the war ended in 1994, Armenian forces not held Nagorno-Karabakh itself but large areas away from the land’s proper boundaries.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that Armenia’s withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh is the only requirement to end the fighting.

Armenian officials surmised that Turkey is concerned about the battle on both sides of Azerbaijan and is sending fighters from Syria into the area. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian explained that”a cease-fire could be created only if Turkey is eliminated from the South Caucasus.”

Turkey’s government has denied sending arms or foreign fighters, even while openly siding with Azerbaijan in the dispute.

The escalation of violence in the area prompted calls for a cease-fire from around the world.

Cavusoglu, consequently, reiterated calls for Armenia to withdraw from the area. “Everybody, and particularly NATO, has to earn a call for Armenia to withdraw from these lands, in accord with international legislation, U.N. Security Council resolutions and Azerbaijan’s territorial and boundary integrity,” he explained.

At precisely the same time the Foreign Ministry of Iran — which has almost 760 km (470 kilometers ) of the border with Azerbaijan and also a brief border with Armenia — said Monday it’s working on a peace plan for stopping the fighting.

Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh failed to provide details but said it’s consulting all parties that are related: “Iran has prepared a strategy with a certain framework comprising details following consultations with the two sides of this dispute, Azerbaijan and Armenia, in addition to regional countries and acquaintances, also will pursue this strategy,” he explained.

Khatibzadeh also cautioned either side against spilling the hostilities on Iran’s land. “Any aggression against the boundaries of the Islamic Republic, even unintentionally, is a really serious red line for the Islamic Republic which shouldn’t be crossed,” he explained.

Since the start of the battle a week, ramble mortars have hurt a youngster and ruined some buildings in rural regions in the north of Iran, close to the border with Azerbaijan.