ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN SWAP CHARGES ON CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS
Heavy fighting was reported in the disputed region Nagorno-Karabakh on October 13, 2020, despite international appeals to return to an agreed ceasefire, Deustche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of heavy shelling in the landlocked region in the southern Caucasus which they both claim as their territory. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh reported rocket and artillery fire from the Azeri side.
However, the Azeri Ministry of Defense accused Armenia of shooting first and shelling the Terter region, among others. "This is a complete lie. Azerbaijan is preparing the ground for aggressive action against peaceful locations," a spokesperson of the Armenian Defense Ministry shot back. She added Azerbaijan was attacking on all fronts.
Nagorno-Karabakh is controlled by Armenia but recognized by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said the number of civilian casualties rose to 31, while 525 soldiers were killed in the fighting. The current conflict has been simmering since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, when the region, predominantly populated by Christian Armenians, broke away from Azerbaijan.