Azerbaijan launches an "anti-terrorism" operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory under the control of Armenia

2023-09-19 16:12:21 / KOSOVA & BOTA ALFA PRESS

Azerbaijan launches an "anti-terrorism" operation in Nagorno-Karabakh,

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has said that it has launched operations "against terrorism" in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is under the control of Armenia.

Tensions have been high for several months in this ethnic Armenian enclave, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

Eleven Azerbaijani police officers and civilians were reported killed in a mine explosion and another incident.

Air sirens were reported to have been heard in the main city of Karabakh.

Armenian defense officials in the breakaway region have said that the Azerbaijani army has violated "the ceasefire on the contact lines through rocket attacks".

Other representatives of Karabakh have mentioned "large-scale military offensives".

The two neighboring countries, Azerbaijan and Armenia, have fought twice over Nagorno-Karabakh, once in the early 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union, and again in 2020.

Since December, Azerbaijan has built a de-facto blockade on the only road leading to Armenia, known as the Lachin Corridor.

On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry in Baku accused Armenian forces of "systematic shelling" of military positions and said it responded by launching "local counter-terrorism activities... to disarm Armenian armed forces from our territories."

The ministry has insisted that it is not targeting civilians, but military centers, with high-precision weapons.

The Ministry of Defense in Armenia has said that the claims of Armenian attacks do not correspond to reality./ rel

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