Armenian and Azeri Forces Releases Artillery in Fights Over Breakaway Province

On Tuesday, Armenian and Azeri forces released heavy artillery in the latest fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to both the forces.

Series of Attack

The Azeri defense ministry stated that the opposing forces tried to recover lost ground by barraging counter-attacks in the directions of Fizuli, Jabrayil, Agdere, and Terter.

The ministry explained in a statement that in the morning there were clashes around Fizuli city and the Armenian army shelled the Dashkesan region on the border between the two countries, the region is miles away from Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia denied these allegations; however, reported combating throughout the night and stated that Nagorno-Karabakh’s army repelled attacks in various directions along the line of contact.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a breakaway region that falls inside Azerbaijan; however, the region is operated by ethnic Armenians and is supported by Armenia. It broke away from Azerbaijan during a war in the 1990s. The disputed region is not recognized by any country as an independent republic.

The fights between Armenian and Azeri forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, turned out to be the heaviest since 2016, have restarted concern over stability in the South Caucasus region, a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world markets.

Loss of Innocent Life

Both sides blame each other for utilizing heavy artillery in this week’s clashes in which dozens of people had lost their lives and hundreds have been wounded.

On Sunday, Azerbaijan reported about the death of five members of a family, while Armenia said on Tuesday that a 9-year-old girl lost her life in the shelling, while her mother and a brother were wounded.

On Sunday, a mother and her child were killed in Martuni the defense ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh said.

Armenia is thinking about considering a chance of concluding a military-political alliance with Nagorno-Karabakh, Lilit Makunts, an MP from the ruling My Step alliance, posted on her Facebook page.

Any act to all-out war could fetch in major regional powers Russia and Turkey. Moscow has a defense alliance with Armenia, which offers crucial support to the enclave and is its lifeline to the outside world, while Ankara supports its own ethnic Turkic kin in Azerbaijan.