Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 71 of its soldiers had been killed in border clashes with Armenia.
Here Armenia said that its 105 soldiers were killed.
The conflict between the two countries has been going on for a long time over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Armenia Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 71 of its soldiers had been killed in border clashes with Armenia in the past two days, according to AFP news agency. Here Armenia said that its 105 soldiers were killed. Border fighting between the two countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway area since the 1980s has resumed on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
It is known that this is the latest in a series of long-running conflicts between the two former Soviet republics over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. On which both the parties accuse each other. Here Russia and America have called for peace between the two countries.
#Update Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 71 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes along the border with Armenia over the past two days, raising the death toll to 50 in the worst fighting since 2020.
An Azeri soldier patrols Jabrayil after conflict with Armenia in 2020 pic.twitter.com/ne9qHuSVJB
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) September 15, 2022
centuries old struggle
Christian-majority Armenia and Muslim-majority Azerbaijan have been in a state of near-conflict for centuries, initially over religion and more recently over territorial disputes. The current crisis has its roots in the early 1920s when Russia occupied large parts of the Caucasus under Joseph Stalin. At that time Stalin placed the Armenian-dominated region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan.
As the collapse of the then USSR began in the late 1980s, nationalist forces on both sides began fighting for control of the disputed region. By 1994, Armenia managed to drive out a large number of Azerbaijani forces from Nagorno-Karabakh. The violence killed tens of thousands and displaced thousands more.
However, the current crisis has been simmering since 2020 after a six-week long war that killed 6,500 people. In March, Azerbaijani forces occupied the area in the village of Farukh, an ethnic Armenian population. Due to its strategic location, Farooq’s events caused concern.
Earlier this week, Armenia claimed that Azerbaijani forces launched heavy shelling with artillery and large-caliber firearms against Armenian troops in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sotak and Jermuk.
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First Published: 15 September 2022, 16:37 IST