AZERBAIJAN CONTINUES OFFENSIVE IN DISPUTED ARMENIAN-HELD AREA
Azerbaijan continued a military offensive on Tuesday into Armenian-held territory in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, with Armenia reporting several civilian casualties, Peter Spinella reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
The region, internationally recognized as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan, has been controlled by Christian Armenian separatists for decades, with a fragile peace treaty in place since the 1990s.
"Two women aged 59 and 79, one man aged 24 and one child aged 9 were killed," Armenian state news agency Armenpress reported. Dozens of soldiers have been reported killed on both sides. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry was still in the process of counting military casualties, said Hikmat Hajiyev, a foreign policy aide to President Ilham Aliyev, on Tuesday.
He told reporters via videoconference that 10 civilians had been killed so far, including a child, and 29 were seriously wounded. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken to both Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Aliyev in separate telephone calls, her spokesperson said on Tuesday.
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