Friday, 30 Oct 2020
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16/10/2020 07:52 PM

ANKARA, Oct 16 --  Armenian armed forces launched a missile attack on the territory of the Ordubad region, according to Azerbaijan Defence Ministry on Friday.

“An operational-tactical missile fired on October 15 at 10:44 [0644GMT] by the armed forces of Armenia from the territory of the occupied Gubadli region exploded in the territory of Ordubad region of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic,” Anadolu Agency reported the ministry as saying in a statement.

It added that the population and civilian facilities were not affected.

Meanwhile, the agency also reported that Armenia has suffered heavy losses as Azerbaijan retained its operational advantage along the entire front.

According to the ministry in a statement, the situation remained tense in Aghdere, Aghdam, Fizuli and Hadrut as the Armenian army carried out attacks but were thwarted by Azerbaijani forces.

The Azerbaijani army said it destroyed two T-72 battle tanks, one Grad missile, two ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, and five howitzers, along with eight auto vehicles with ammunition.

Also, at least 47 Azerbaijani civilians have been killed and 222 more injured in Armenia’s continuing attacks on civilian settlements, according to Azerbaijani authorities on Friday.

Some 1,669 houses, 84 apartments, and 301 public buildings have been damaged and become unusable due to Armenian attacks between Sept 27 and Oct 16, according to Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General’s Office.

Armenia even launched a missile strike on Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, Ganja – an area far from the front line – on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 35, including women and children.

The renewed intense military clashes that began on September 27 had resulted in the loss of lives, including civilians on both sides. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for starting the fighting.

On October 10, both Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a Russia brokered humanitarian ceasefire allowing an exchange of prisoners and the recovery of dead bodies in Nagorno-Karabakh. Since then Baku and Yerevan have accused each other of breaching the ceasefire.

The latest clash in the South Caucasus region is the most serious one after 2016. In July 2020, the military of the two countries also clashed along their shared border.

The protracted bitter conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia started in 1988 – three years before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 1992, a full-scale war broke out between the two former Soviet states until a ceasefire signed in May 1994. In 1991, the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence but the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) is not recognised by any country in the world.

 The mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts which constitute about 20 per cent of Azerbaijan's territory are internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is under the control of ethnic Armenian forces, backed by Armenia.

In the past, the United Nations Security Council had adopted four resolutions among others calling for the withdrawal of all occupying forces from the areas of Azerbaijan. The OSCE Minsk Group – co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US – was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail.

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